Since the elections are just weeks away I couldn’t help think of comic art and its obvious similarities to political cartoons.
could easily write a large volume covering the vast history of cartoons
in American politics. In this blog, I’ll spare you all the details. But
suffice to say it’s a fascinating art form that has spanned the length
of our republic—from the first hours of the War of Independence to the
current presidential race. Some cartoons have catered to the darker
biases of the American citizenry while many more have simply brought
good-natured entertainment to the public.
Here are several books worth checking out that beautifully illustrate this rich tapestry of American expression:
American Political Cartoons, 1754-2010: The Evolution of a National Identity by Steven Hess and Sandy Northrop
The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2010 Edition, Edited by Daryl Cagle and Brian Fairrington
The New Yorker Book of Political Cartoons, Edited by Robert Mankoff
Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist by Herbert Block, Edited by Harry L. Katz, Introduction by Haynes Johnson