This cartoon was chosen because it is funny that there isn;t anyone who can say who stole the money.
It is a satire and it was sketched by a famous cartoonist of that era called Thomas Nast. Thomas Nast started a campaign against William Tweed. Tweed wanted to end Nast;s campaign by talking to the Harper Brothers, owners of the Harper Weekly, magazine where Thomas Nast published his cartoons. When the brothers refused, Tweed tried to bribe Nast by offering him $500,000 dollars, which was equal to a hundred times his salary ($5,000). Nast still refused to end his campaign, and eventually William Tweed was put in jail for being a corrupt politician. This cartoon that was published in the New York Times, satirizes corrupt politicians of that time.
It is actually kind of funny because it shows the reality, which is each person is blaming someone different from themselves. In the cartoon there is a circle, which they call Tammany Ring, made up of 15 people, supposedly all corrupt politicians. Below it there is a caption that asks, ;Where is the peoples money?;-Do tell, and with a reply saying ; ;Twas him;. In the cartoon each person is pointing to the right. This is a sign that they are grafters and corrupt politicians because they can;t admit that they did something wrong and take a simple task, which is to take care of the people;s money. For example, this guy, Tweed, bought 500 benches for $5 each and sold them to the city for $600 dollars each. He also spent $13,000,000 to build the City Hall, when the budget was set at $350,000 New York City-the name calls to mind images for people all around the world. Today, New York is a whirlwind of flashing lights, streams of people, and the rush of thousands of vehicles.
In contrast in the 1860s, New York scenery was a bit different. The only vehicles were horse-drawn, and gas street lamps lit the streets with a soft glow. Even though, there were ..