This fun and extensively illustrated book tells the story of the American political cartoon from its origins to today. Edward J. Lordan follows the development of artists, politics, media, American society, and the technology of cartooning, and interviews contemporary political cartoonists on the workings behind the art form. He critiques numerous cartoons to show what goes into effective political cartoons-and how and why we respond to them.
Edward J. Lordan has written more than 500 columns, reviews, features, and news articles for newspapers including the Philadelphia Metro. He is a communications and public relations consultant and he is an assistant professor of communication at West Chester State University (Pennsylvannia). He lives in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Part I: The History of American Political Cartoons Chapter 3 1 Cartoons and the Birth of the Nation (1740 to 1785) Chapter 4 2 Complexity in Government and Media (1786 to 1860) Chapter 5 3 The Medium Matures (1860 to 1900) Chapter 6 4 World Wars and Economic Depression (1900 to 1945) Chapter 7 5 Cartooning in the Broadcast Era (1946 to 2000) Part 8 Part II: The State of the Art: The Modern Editorial Cartoon Chapter 9 6 Creators and Consumers Chapter 10 7 Process and Effect Chapter 11 8 In Their Own Words: Cartoonists on Cartooning Chapter 12 9 Epilogue: The Future of American Editorial Cartoons Chapter 13 Bibliography