Drawn and Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons

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From the time Ben Franklin penned the first American political cartoon in 1754, cartoonists have tried to galvanize the American public's opinion for or against their subject by using caricatures and symbols that speak to our heads, hearts, and senses of humor. In the process, they have revealed truths about ourselves and our government that have been both embarassing and ennobling.

In Drawn & Quartered, authors Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop chronicle the nation's highs ...

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From the time Ben Franklin penned the first American political cartoon in 1754, cartoonists have tried to galvanize the American public's opinion for or against their subject by using caricatures and symbols that speak to our heads, hearts, and senses of humor. In the process, they have revealed truths about ourselves and our government that have been both embarassing and ennobling.

In Drawn & Quartered, authors Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop chronicle the nation's highs and lows in an extensive collection of cartoons that span the entire history of American political cartooning. Drawn & Quartered will immediately become an important reference for anyone interested in the interplay of cartoons on politics and public opinion.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although this book does not claim to be exhaustive, it offers an entertaining and enlightening survey of American political cartoons, illustrated by 269 examples from colonial times to the present. In their introduction, Hess (The Ungentlemanly Art of Political Cartooning) and Northrop, a PBS writer/producer, remind us of the political cartoon's role, from Thomas Nast's attacks on Tammany Hall to David Levine's memorable image of Lyndon Johnson pointing to a gallbladder-operation scar shaped like Vietnam. The authors proceed chronologically, explaining how Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and John Q. Public entered national iconography, and they show how contemporary cartoonists reinterpret older imagesas when Paul Conrad's tattooed Ronald Reagan borrowed from an 1884 Puck image. While the authors do not neglect underappreciated cartoonists like the groundbreaking African American Oliver Harrington, they cover all the recent greats; WWII imageer Bill Mauldin; Washington fixture Herblock; inner monologuist Jules Feiffer; Pat Oliphant, who uses an alter ego penguin commentator. The authors note that the rise of CNN and attendant American consciousness has allowed cartoonists to broaden their vision and comment more often on world events; still, as they lament, the rise of syndicates and the decreasing number of newspapers have shrunk the market for cartoonists. (Oct.)
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Chronicles the nation's highs and lows in an extensive collection of cartoons that span the entire history of American political cartooning. The authors note that not all cartoonists have worn white hats<-->many have perpetuated demeaning ethnic stereotypes, slandered honest politicians, and oversimplified complex issues. Nonetheless, most cartoonists pride themselves on attacking honestly, if ruthlessly. This collection humorously recounts some direct hits, recalling the discomfort of the cartoon's targets<-->and the delight of their readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781880216392
  • Publisher: River City Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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