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Analyzing Political Cartoons. Analyzing Political Cartoons. What Are Political Cartoons?. Political cartoons are an art form that serves as a window into history by showing us what people were thinking and talking about at a given time and place.

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Analyzing

Political Cartoons

what are political cartoons
What Are Political Cartoons?
  • Political cartoons are an art form that serves as a window into history by showing us what people were thinking and talking about at a given time and place.

Today’s editorial cartoons will provide the same record of our own time.

uses of political cartoons
Uses of Political Cartoons
  • Presents a particular viewpoint on political, economic, or social issues
  • Make use of humor, symbolism, historical events, and stereotypes to draw attention to an idea, event, or person
  • Stimulates debate on an issue
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How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:
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How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:

What subject or issue is the artist

commenting on?

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How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:

What subject or issue is the artist

commenting on?

  • Captions
how to read them4
How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:

What subject or issue is the artist

commenting on?

  • Captions

What language do the artist use?

how to read them5
How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:

What subject or issue is the artist

commenting on?

  • Captions

What language do the artist use?

  • Symbols, Humor, and Satire
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How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:

What subject or issue is the artist

commenting on?

  • Captions

What language do the artist use?

  • Symbols, Humor, and Satire

What do you see in the cartoon? What feelings are suggested by the image?

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How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:

What subject or issue is the artist

commenting on?

  • Captions

What language do the artist use?

  • Symbols, Humor, and Satire

What do you see in the cartoon? What feelings are suggested by the image?

  • Historical Images
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How To Read Them?
  • Artist’s viewpoint:

What subject or issue is the artist

commenting on?

  • Captions

What language do the artist use?

  • Symbols, Humor, and Satire

What do you see in the cartoon? What feelings are suggested by the image?

  • Historical Images

Recognizing the historical or literary images is necessary to understand the meaning of the cartoon

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America’s First Political Cartoon?
  • It's important to note that America's earliest cartoons were political in nature. The first cartoon appeared in Ben Franklin’s newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, on May 9, 1754.
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The woodcut drawing entitled “Join or Die” pictures a divided snake in eight pieces representing as many colonial governments. The drawing was based on the popular superstition that a snake that had been cut in two would come to life if the pieces were joined before sunset. The drawing resonated among the public and was reproduced in other newspapers.
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