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History of American Political Cartoons

Abraham, Linus. Effectiveness of Cartoons as a Uniquely Visual Medium for Orienting Social Issues. Columbia, SC: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009.

Bush, Lawrence Ray, "More than Words: Rhetorical Devices in American Political Cartoons" (2012). MA Thesis, University of South Florida. Available online

Dewey, Donald. The Art of Ill Will: The Story of American Political Cartoons. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Hess, Stephen. The Ungentlemanly Art: A History of American Political Cartoons. New York: Macmillan, 1975.

Hess, Stephan and Sandy Northrop. American Political Cartoons: The Evolution of a National Identity, 1754-2010. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2011.

Hoff, Syd. Editorial and Political Cartooning: From Earliest Times to the Present, With Over 700 Examples from the Works of the World's Greatest Cartoonists. New York: Stravon Educational Press, 1976.

Lamb, Charles. Drawn to Extremes: The Use and abuse of Editorial Cartoons. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Lordan, Edward J. Politics, Ink: How America's Cartoonists Skewer Politicians, from King George III to George Dubya. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.

Marlette, Doug. The Emperor Has No Clothes: Editorial Cartoons. Washington: Graphic Press, 1976.

Nevins, Allan and Frank Weitenkampf. A Century of Political Cartoons: Caricature in the United States from 1800 to 1900. New York: Scribner's Sons, 1944.

American History as Seen through Political Cartoons

Auth, Tony. Behind the Lines. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

Bennett, Clifford T. A Political Cartoon History of the United States. Glenview: Scott Foresman, 1992.

Bok, Chip. The Recent History of the United States in Political Cartoons: A Look Bok! Akron, Ohio: University of Akron Press, 2005.

Chicago Tribune. Thunderer of the Prairies: A Selection of Wartime Editorials and Cartoons, 1941-1944. Chicago: Chicago Tribune, 1944.

Lammoglia, Jose A. The Spanish American War through the eyes of a political cartoonist. Unpublishsed manuscript, 1999.

Rajski, Raymond B. A Nation Grieved: The Kennedy Assassination in Editorial Cartoons. Rutland, Vt.: C. E. Tuttle Co., [1967].

Wasserman, Dan. Paper Cuts: The American Political Scene from Bush to Newt. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1995.