Who Is Uncle Sam?

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Here’s an amusing story that I would like to share with my friend Paul Kersey: who is this patriotic figure commonly known as Uncle Sam and what does he have to do with the Real America?

“Our popular image of Uncle Sam (As seen in the image on the top of this page) was defined in large part by Thomas Nast, who was one of the most popular artists of the 1800’s. Nast was also responsible for our popular images of Santa Claus, the Republican Elephant, and the Democratic Donkey. Nast’s first illustration of Uncle Sam appeared in the November 20, 1869 edition of Harper’s Weekly.

The first ever image of "Uncle Sam"

“While Uncle Sam does not show the top hat and striped pants that we have come to associate with him, he shows something much more important in this image. In this image, Uncle Sam is a symbol of unity and equality. The image shows many people welcomed at Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving table . . . Black, White, Chinese, and Indian, as wall as many others are seen sitting around the table. The image is captioned, “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner; Come One, Come All, Free and Equal.” The image clearly shows that Uncle Sam was originally a symbol of freedom, and equality. Uncle Sam was a unifying symbol.

By 1876, Nast’s Image of Uncle Sam had evolved into one that we would recognize today. The image to the left is the cover of the November 24, 1876 Harper’s Weekly. The image features Uncle Sam with striped pants, a long overcoat, and a top hat. In this image, the top hat also has feathers. This image deals with Reform of the Civil Service System.

While the exact image of Uncle Sam has evolved over the years, one thing remains constant. He is a symbol of the best ideals of the United States. From the earliest days until today, he has stood for Freedom, Equality, and Justice. While as a Nation, we do not always perfectly achieve these ideals, Uncle Sam remains a poignant symbol and reminder of the goal and objective . . . One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.”

Uncle Sam is a super patriotic Yankee who practices social equality. He is a symbol of the Second Republic that was defined in the Reconstruction era by the German immigrant cartoonist Thomas Nast.

Note: I really should embark upon a career as a nineteenth century historian.

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17 Comments

  1. Nast didn’t like blacks or the Irish, and nobody liked the Chinese then, so the spirit of the cartoon may be negative or at least ambivalent. More background would be required.

  2. Nast is partially responsible for creating Santa Claus as we know him today (i.e., as a “jolly old elf”). The Coca-Cola Company is responsible for Santa’s red-and-white coat and cap.

  3. “Nast is partially responsible for creating Santa Claus as we know him today (i.e., as a “jolly old elf”). The Coca-Cola Company is responsible for Santa’s red-and-white coat and cap.”

    Oculus- actually, since the original [St.] Nicholas was an Orthodox, catholic Bishop at the time of the First Ecumenical Council (ca. AD325) being a Bishop, meant to Westerners that he would wear red robes as a sign of his office. This later only applied to Cardinals in the West (thus the term Cardinal red, as a color!) but the historical connection was made, and maintained, even over all these centuries.

  4. Hunter- Don’t know if you read VDare.com but I read this, and my heart skipped a beat.

    “Germany, which has been browbeat since its defeat in World War II, has been made constitutionally incapable of strong leadership. Any sign of German leadership is quickly quelled by dredging up remembrances of the Third Reich. As a consequence, Germany has been pushed into an European Union that intends to destroy the political sovereignty of the member governments, just as Abe Lincoln destroyed the sovereignty of the American states.” -http://www.vdare.com/articles/goldman-sachs-has-taken-over

    It wouldn’t have, had I not learned from your site over these last months. What do you make of Mr. Robert’s analogy? Oh, and note the same Jew Bankers, too.

  5. As HW’s recent posts about the short-lived Reconstruction era make clear, Lincoln ultimately failed. And so will our current regime of carpetbagging Jew banksters and ethnoid pols like Obama. Bankster rule in Europe will also prove short-lived. The Nations, Germany in particular, are going to re-assert themselves with extreme prejudice.

  6. “Lincoln ultimately failed. And so will our current regime of carpetbagging Jew banksters and ethnoid pols like Obama.”

    Oh really? You better hope so because it’s been going on for 50 years now. Looking at the current state of affairs in Atlanta or Birmingham I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the South To Rise Again. I’d GTFO if I were you.

  7. “I’d GTFO if I were you.”

    No doubt.

    There must be some history here, that is, in the reluctance to give up one’s area to escape injustice vs. the yankee idea that a home is wherever one happens to be at whatever point. Otoh, I know that, personally, I wouldn’t miss Michigan.

  8. “There must be some history here, that is, in the reluctance to give up one’s area to escape injustice vs. the yankee idea that a home is wherever one happens to be at whatever point.”

    Oh, like the Scots-Irish who went from Scotland to Northern Ireland to Virginia plantations to Appalachia to Kentucky and Western Tennessee and then on to Missouri, Texas, Arkansas and points west? LOL!!!

  9. The classic “I want you!” Uncle Sam depiction was taken from the British poster showing Lord Kitchner.

    The person Uncle Sam’s likeness was based on was Samuel Wilson, a New Yorker.

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