The American political cartoons
collection contains approximately 530 prints relating to politics in the United States from
1767 to the 1950s, with the bulk of the items dating from 1840 to 1870. Most are engravings,
but some lithographs are also included. The images provide a visual resource for studying
political corruption, social misfortunes, the history of American governance, and the
editorial opinions expressed by illustrators and publishers, as well as perspectives on
caricature and cartooning in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
15.25 Linear Feet
(7 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
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