Traces the history of editorial cartooning and examines its importance in American history and culture.
This reference traces the historical background of editorial cartooning and presents works that chronicle the history and criticize the aesthetics of the art. It also describes anthologies and exhibition catalogs that reprint editorial cartoons, and provides a list of libraries, museums, and historical societies which house originals and photocopies or clippings of editorial cartoons. This expansive volume examines the American editorial cartoon from its beginnings in 1747 into the second Clinton administration. It fills a gap in the literature, providing comprehensive information on a field of growing interest to scholars and collectors.
This reference guide studies the evolution of editorial cartooning and places it in its historical context and provides appreciation and criticism of the cartoons presented. In addition to political cartoons, underground, radical, and propaganda cartoons are also discussed in this volume. The appendixes offer important cross-reference tools such as a chronology and include listings of selected historical periodicals, theses, and dissertations covering political cartoons. This work will be of value to a broad spectrum of readers—from collectors to scholars—and is suitable for many fields of study.
Preface Historical Background History and Criticism Anthologies and Reprints Reference Works and Periodicals Research Collections Held in Public and Private Institutions Appendix 1: Selected Chronology Appendix 2: Selected How-to Books with Some Relevance to Editorial Cartooning Appendix 3: Selected Theses and Dissertations in the Humanities and Social Sciences Dealing with Editorial Cartoons Appendix 4: Selected Historic Periodicals Using Political Cartoons/Graphics Appendix 5: Selected Bibliography of Single-Artist Anthologies, Excluding Illustrated Volumes Index
Reviews Somers...delivers a useful and readable publication that defines the importance of humorous images as documents not only of popular culture, but of the history of politicized thought....Highly recommended for all research collections.—Choice
Somers has provided a unique reference source that is well organized and contains useful discussions with bibliographies accompnaying most chapters.It would enhance academic library journalism and American popular culture collections.—Reference & User Services Quarterly
Although all chapters are very useful, researcher's bonanza is the listing and description of private and public collections of editorial cartoons in 36 states and the District of Columbia. This book is a must for all research libraries and for all researchers in the field of cartooning.—Communication Booknotes Quarterly