Library of Congress
Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about political cartoons.
- Afflicting the Comfortable: Cartoonist Paul Conrad Puts Words Behind the Pictures (Library of Congress Information Bulletin) Learn more about editorial cartoonist, Paul Conrad, and his donation to the Library of Congress.
- American Memory Timeline: Women's Suffrage in the Progressive Era (Presentation) This political cartoon addresses a woman's right to vote.
- American Treasures: Cartoonist Bill Mauldin (Exhibition) Learn about Bill Mauldin, one of America's greatest editorial cartoonists.
- American Treasures: Stop Thief! (Exhibition) Learn about Thomas Nast – 19th century political cartoonist.
- American Treasures: The Gerrymander (Exhibition) In 1812, Jeffersonian Republicans forced through the Massachusetts legislature a bill rearranging district lines to assure them an advantage in the upcoming senatorial elections. This cartoon-map first appeared in the Boston Gazette for March 26, 1812.
- A Cartoonist Who Came in From the Cold (Wise Guide) Learn about Edmund Valtman, an American cartoonist of the Cold War era.
- Is Winning the Nobel Prize a Crime? (Wise Guide) Bill Mauldin won the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature for this cartoon.
- It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons (Online Activity) Cartoonists use a collection of tools to help them get their point across. Use this interactive activity to take apart real-world cartoons as you learn how to spot the methods behind the message.
- It's the Stupidest Tea Party (Wise Guide) According to editorial cartoonist Herb Block, the stupidest tea party was when, in October 1999, presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan switched from the Republican Party to the Reform Party.
- Jump Back in Time: Boss Tweed Escapes From Prison (America's Library) This 1876 Thomas Nast cartoon depicting Tweed wearing the uniform of a convict, enabled Spanish authorities to recognize Tweed.
- Jump Back in Time: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (America's Library) This 1896 political cartoon pokes fun at these two women suffragists.
- Jump Back in Time: Florida Seceded (America's Library) Discover the meaning behind this 1861 cartoon.
- Jump Back in Time: James K. Polk Is Elected 11th President of the United States (America's Library) This 1844 pro-Democrat cartoon shows Polk, the expansionist candidate, and the collapse of Whig opposition to the addition of Texas.
- Jump Back in Time: Marshall and McCarthyism (America's Library) This 1953 editorial cartoon comments on the political problems Senator Joseph McCarthy presented to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- Jump Back in Time: Susan B. Anthony Women's Suffrage Amendment (America's Library) This 1890s cartoon shows Susan B. Anthony chasing after President Grover Cleveland in her fight for women's right to vote.
- Jump Back in Time: Teddy Bears (America's Library) Learn the meaning behind Clifford Berryman's cartoon of Roosevelt as a Rough Rider with a bear cub.
- Jump Back in Time: The 24th Amendment Ended the Poll Tax (America's Library) This 1964 cartoon makes fun of the poll tax.
- Jump Back in Time: The Expedition Act Was Passed (America's Library) This 1900s cartoon shows Theodore Roosevelt breaking up big trusts, including the beef trust.
- Jump Back in Time: William Jennings Bryan and the Free Silver Movement (America's Library) Examine these 1896 and 1900 political cartoons illustrating Bryan's belief in the Free Silver Movement.
- Meet Amazing Americans: Jane Addams Peacemaker (America's Library) During World War I, newspaper cartoons like this one made fun of pacifists like Jane Addams.
- Oliphant's Anthem: Exhibition Commemorates Cartoonist's Work. (Library of Congress Information Bulletin) Read excerpts from an interview with editorial cartoonist, Pat Oliphant. Type "cartoon" into the search box at the top of the LCIB home page to locate additional cartoon related articles.
- Providing a Reality Check (Wise Guide) Learn about Anne Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist.
- Today in History (May 9) Join or Die (Today in History) On this date in 1754, Join, or Die, considered the first American political cartoon, was printed in The Pennsylvania Gazette