Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Design Of Political Cartoons

"Next!" Puck Magazine, 1904. Source: Wikipedia
Thomas Nast
Self-Portrait
Magazines such as Puck and Harper’s Weekly established themselves as signature publications of the Progressive Era through their opinion-making political cartoons and celebrity artists. A good political cartoon succeeds based on its combination of image design and concise information delivery. The two essential questions to ask students when interpreting a cartoon are:
  1. What do we see in this image?
  2. What do these symbols and words tell us about the artist's opinion? 
Online archives offer great tools to examine past events through primary sources. Cartoons today are also invaluable in comparing points of view about national news stories and teaching perspective and opinion to young learners.

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