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Them Damned Pictures: Explorations in American Political Cartoon Art Hardcover – December, 1995

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Fischer (History and American Studies/Univ. of Minn., Duluth) offers nine essays on various aspects of the history of American political cartooning. Pulitzer Prizewinning cartoonist Jeff MacNelly once noted that if they couldn't draw, most political cartoonists would probably have become hired assassins. It's a quote so witty and on the money that Fischer repeats it three times. As he observes, political cartoonists tend to be sharp-tongued as well as sharp- witted iconoclasts, and although their power has diminished in this century, they still attract unwanted attention to greasy politicians; after all, Paul Conrad made Nixon's ``enemies list.'' Of course, in the previous century, before TV, radio, and the wire services, the potency of the cartoon image was greater. In the first and most interesting essay in this volume, Fischer revisits the war between Thomas Nast and his nemesis, William ``Boss'' Tweed, but what the author finds is a far cry from the legend. Tweed, he argues, wasn't the great crook of popular belief, nor did he meet his demise at the hands of the cartoonist. However, he readily allows, ``it was Nast who elevated graphic assassination to an art.'' Fischer traces the elevation of Populist William Peffer, a rare third-party success who served in the US Senate, into a demonic figure by cartoonists who distorted his record mercilessly; the use of ``filler'' cartoons in 19th-century magazines that indulged in scurrilous racial and ethnic stereotyping; and the treatment of the Statue of Liberty and Lincoln as iconic figures. The result is an uneven collection, always informative, intermittently entertaining, but too often a seemingly endless catalog of ideas and representations. The best thing about this book is (as Boss Tweed called them) the ``damned pictures'' themselves. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Archon Books (December 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0208022988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0208022981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,999,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the advent of radio and television, the power of the print media to alter public opinion has been reduced. It is difficult for people of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries to understand the power of the print media before radio became a mass media. Furthermore, with the heavier regulation of the media in modern times, we do not appreciate how wild and unprincipled the print media was. There were no rules for honesty and outside the limits of profanity and pornography, there were few restrictions on good taste. Finally, universal literacy in English is a very recent phenomenon, so the picture was an extremely powerful literary mechanism. The title of the book comes from the supposed statement made by Boss Tweed, "Stop the damned pictures, I don't care so much what the papers say about me. My constituents can't read. But, damn it, they can see pictures!" It was a response to political cartoons by Thomas Nast, exposing the corruption in New York led by Tweed. He was ultimately removed and died in prison as a pauper.

This book is a recapitulation of political cartoonists, described by one of their own as a group that, "would be hired assassins if they didn't draw for a living." While they do not have the power they had before electronic media, political cartoonists can still sway many people. The emphasis is on some of the most significant figures in cartooning and the subjects of their cartoons. The legacy of Abraham Lincoln is used to contrast many of the actions of recent presidents and of course Richard Nixon is the subject of most of a chapter.

A great deal of ink is spent in describing how racial and ethnic prejudice was expressed in editorial cartoons.
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By Stephen P. O'brian on January 23, 2013
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I love political cartoons, especially ones from the 1800s. I enjoyed the ones here very much, although I wished the some were full page (like others) so you can read the little stuff in a Nast cartoon. There's a little too much chatter (for me) about the times of the country when the cartoon was done, as opposed to just a caption explaining it. And a few more cartoons. It's just my preferences, however, and this is really good book, very broad ranged and well presented. The book came at the correct time and in VG condition, so opinion of the seller is very positive. (I'm not sure if this review is JUST for the book or both)
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