American Political Cartoons: From 1754 to 2010 by Sandy Northrop

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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 in depth choice of cartoons that span the full historical past of yank political cartooning."Good cartoons hit you primitively and emotionally," acknowledged cartoonist Doug Marlette. "A comic strip is a frontal assault, a slam dunk, a cluster bomb." such a lot cartoonists satisfaction themselves on attacking truthfully, if ruthlessly. American Political Cartoons recounts many direct hits, recalling the pain of the cartoons' targets?and the pride in their readers.Through skillful mixture of images and phrases, cartoonists impress public opinion for or opposed to their topics. within the technique they've got published truths approximately us and our democratic procedure which have been either embarrassing and ennobling. Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop notice that no longer all cartoonists have worn white hats. Many have perpetuated demeaning ethnic stereotypes, slandered sincere politicians, and oversimplified complicated issues.

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