Mad Tom, Political Conflict, and Religious Conflict

We don’t have a lot of political cartoons from the very early republic, but lately I have very much appreciated one called “Mad Tom in a Rage.”mad-tom-in-a-rage

As you can see, it shows the Devil and Tom Paine working to pull down the Federal Government.

To my mind, this says a lot about how Federalists saw the religious and political conflict of the early republic.

Today, I analyze the cartoon over at the Religion in American History Blog.

But, there’s another reason I think the cartoon is worth talking about: it forms the artwork for my book!

 

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2 responses to “Mad Tom, Political Conflict, and Religious Conflict

  1. So does the picture signify that it is a bad thing to pull down the federal government?

  2. For the drafter of the cartoon, the federal government was an edifice to be protected.

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