From Benjamin Franklin's drawing of the first American political cartoon in 1754 to Herblock's blistering attacks on Richard Nixon, editorial cartoons have been a part of American journalism and politics. American Political Cartoons chronicles the nation's highs and lows in an extensive collection of cartoons that span the entire history of American political cartooning - includes a final chapter on the Bush and Obama years. Through skilful combination of pictures and words, cartoonists galvanize public opinion for or against their subjects. In the process they have revealed truths about us and our democratic system that have been both embarrassing and ennobling. Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop note that not all cartoonists have worn white hats. Many have perpetuated demeaning ethnic stereotypes, slandered honest politicians, and oversimplified complex issues. Most cartoonists pride themselves on attacking honesty, if ruthlessly. American Political Cartoons humorously recounts many direct hits, recalling the discomfort of the cartoons targets - and the delight of their readers.
This book demonstrates the cartoonists' ability to capture the essence of key moments that have shaped American history.
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