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Here’s Why The Democratic Party Symbol Is a Jackass

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The origin of the donkey may not be as obvious as you think!

The modern Democratic Party can trace its roots back to the Democratic-Republican Party of the late 18th and early 19th century. Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren officially formed the Democratic Party in the 1820s amidst rising opposing from the Whig Party, and Jackson became the first Democratic president, serving from 1829 to 1837.

Though not the official logo of the Party, the donkey has long been associated with democrats, contrary to the Republican elephant. In some midwestern states in the early 20th century, a rooster was used to represent the Democratic Party.

Although often considered obnoxious, empty-headed, and stubborn, the donkey has also been noted for its work ethic, dedication to labor, and association with the common man. But where did the symbol come from?

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As it turns out, one of the most widely-accepted explanations is incorrect!

The origin of the donkey may not be as obvious as you think!

The modern Democratic Party can trace its roots back to the Democratic-Republican Party of the late 18th and early 19th century. Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren officially formed the Democratic Party in the 1820s amidst rising opposing from the Whig Party, and Jackson became the first Democratic president, serving from 1829 to 1837.

Though not the official logo of the Party, the donkey has long been associated with democrats, contrary to the Republican elephant. In some midwestern states in the early 20th century, a rooster was used to represent the Democratic Party.

Although often considered obnoxious, empty-headed, and stubborn, the donkey has also been noted for its work ethic, dedication to labor, and association with the common man. But where did the symbol come from?

The concept of the donkey is commonly attributed to political cartoonist Thomas Nast, who has been called the most influential cartoonist of the 19th century.

thomas nast

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Considered the “Father of the American Cartoon,” Nast is often associated with his work for Harper’s Weekly.

The first appearance of a donkey representing the Democratic Party is often mistakenly thought to be Nast’s 1870 cartoon “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion.

donkey thomas nast cartoon

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The cartoon represents the Democratic-run “Copperhead Papers” beating down the deceased Edwin McMasters Stanton, Lincoln’s former secretary of war in a decimated southern landscape as the federal government looms in the background.

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