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Editorial Cartoons, 1914-1922

Click to view full pageEditorial cartoons portray opinions on a mixture of social, popular, economic, and political events. Dating as far back as the Reformation (1517-1555), editorial cartoons were, and remain, a popular method to visually share ideologies to large audiences regardless of literacy. Over the centuries improvements to the printing press and engraving processes have allowed cartoonists to reproduce their work more efficiently and for a lower cost to extended audiences.

In the United States, editorial cartoonists have used metaphor and caricature to comment on a variety of political and social issues. Widely regarded as the first American editorial cartoon, Ben Franklin published his iconic “Join or Die” cartoon in his Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754. This popular image depicts a snake cut into eight pieces, representing the division of the colonial governments. The cartoon was well-received by likeminded colonists and has been reprinted and reproduced in countless newspapers years after its original publication. Despite the popularity of this image, the American editorial cartoon did not become an established newspaper feature until the 1890s with the addition of Sunday editions, increased coverage of heated political debates, and most importantly, the development of the syndicated cartoon. These syndicated cartoons are provided from external organizations which allow reproduction in multiple newspapers throughout the country.

Click to view full pageThe following editorial cartoons highlight significant themes and events that occurred during the volatile years 1914-1922. These include the U.S. becoming the world’s dominant agricultural and industrial power; the explosive growth of U.S. armed forces during its involvement in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) and the Great War (1914-1918); the spread of nationalism and xenophobia; the presidencies of Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) and Warren G. Harding (1921-1923); the escalating conflict between labor groups and capitalists; escalating international conflict; and the climax of the woman’s suffrage movement with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. These themes and events foreshadowed the culturally dynamic Roaring Twenties and the subsequent Great Depression.

For a closer inspection of each cartoon, click on the images to open the newspaper issue in Chronicling America.

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Agriculture Harding Political Campaign Political Issues
Anti-Idling Law Labor Vs. Capitalists Political Parties
Armistice Day League of Nations Rail Strike/ Coal Strike (1922)
Conservation Liberty Loans Railroads
Deportation Louisiana Sport
Economy Mexican Revolution Taxes
Great War Peace Terms War Debt

 

Agriculture

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The Madison Journal (1919)
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The Herald (1920)
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The Herald (1921)
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The Herald (1922)

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Anti-Idling Law

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The Herald (1918)
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The Herald (1918)

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Armistice Day

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The Herald (1920)
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The Herald (1922)

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Conservation

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The Lower Coast Gazette (1914)
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The Herald (1917)
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The Herald (1917)
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The Herald (1917)

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Deportation

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Concordia Sentinel (1919)
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The Herald (1919)
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The Era-Leader (1920)
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The Madison Journal (1920)

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Economy

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The Herald (1920)
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The Madison Journal (1921)
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The Madison Journal (1921)
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The Herald (1922)

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Great War

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The Herald (1918)
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The Herald (1918)
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The Herald (1918)
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The Herald (1918)

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Harding Political Campaign

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The Herald (1921)
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The Herald (1921)
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The Herald (1921)
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The Herald (1922)

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Labor Vs. Capitalists

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The Voice of the People (1914)
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The Voice of the People (1914)
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The Madison Journal (1919)
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Abbeville Progress (1921)

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League of Nations

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The Herald (1919)
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The Herald (1919)

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Liberty Loans

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Abbeville Progress (1915)
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The Herald (1917)
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The Herald (1918)
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The Herald (1918)

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Louisiana

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The Donaldsonville Chief (1917)
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The Donaldsonville Chief (1917)

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Mexican Revolution

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Abbeville Progress (1914)
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The Voice of the People (1914)
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Abbeville Progress (1916)
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The Madison Journal (1920)

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Peace Terms

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The Herald (1918)
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The Tensas Gazette (1918)
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The Herald (1919)
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The Rice Belt Journal (1919)

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Political Issues

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The Concordia Sentinel (1920)
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The Herald (1920)
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The Herald (1922)
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The Herald (1922)

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Political Parties

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Abbeville Progress (1915)
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The Herald (1920)
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The Herald (1920)
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The Herald (1922)

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Rail Strike/ Coal Strike (1922)

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The Herald (1922)
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The Herald (1922)
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The Herald (1922)
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The Herald (1922)

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Railroads

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The Herald (1918)
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The Era-Leader (1920)
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The Herald (1921)
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The Herald (1922)

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Sport

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The Lower Coast Gazette (1914)
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The Rice Belt Journal (1915)
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The Herald (1920)
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The Herald (1921)

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Taxes

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The Madison Journal (1920)
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The Madison Jounal (1921)
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The Herald (1921)
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The Herald (1921)

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War Debt

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The Herald (1915)
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The Herald (1918)
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The Bienville Democrat (1919)
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The Madison Journal (1921)

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