American Political Cartoons: From 1754 to 2010 by Sandy Northrop

By Sandy Northrop

From Benjamin Franklin's drawing of the 1st American political comic strip in 1754 to modern cartoonists' blistering assaults on George W. Bush and preliminary love-affair with Barack Obama, editorial cartoons were part of American journalism and politics. American Political Cartoons chronicles the nation's highs and lows in an intensive number of cartoons that span the total historical past of yank political cartooning."Good cartoons hit you primitively and emotionally," acknowledged cartoonist Doug Marlette. "A caricature is a frontal assault, a slam dunk, a cluster bomb." such a lot cartoonists delight themselves on attacking truthfully, if ruthlessly. American Political Cartoons recounts many direct hits, recalling the soreness of the cartoons' targets?and the pride in their readers.Through skillful blend of images and phrases, cartoonists impress public opinion for or opposed to their topics. within the approach they've got printed truths approximately us and our democratic procedure which were either embarrassing and ennobling. Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop word that now not all cartoonists have worn white hats. Many have perpetuated demeaning ethnic stereotypes, slandered sincere politicians, and oversimplified complicated issues.

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