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The Lines are drawn : political cartoons of the Civil War
Smith, Kristen M.
Publication Information:
Athens, Ga. : Hill Street Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xix, 155 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
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E647 .L56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book collects for the first time a wide range of cartoons, comics, and caricatures related to the Civil War. Arranged chronologically with full captions to provide historical context, this collection of Northern, Southern, and overseas social commentary is critical to an enhanced understanding of this dark episode in American history. Included are 138 illustrations from the more popular publications of the day such as 'Harper's', 'Vanity Fair', 'Southern Illustrated News', 'New York Illustrated News', and 'London Punch'.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

-A valuable collection of Northern and Southern political cartoons that effectively conveys some of the political, economic, and moral issues surrounding the war. The cartoons illustrate perfectly what is most fascinating about our Victorian predecessors: they seem so familiar to us, and yet are so foreign at the same time. A helpful foreword addresses the racist nature of many of the drawings. The cartoons are presented by the year in which they were printed, along with usually helpful explanations that shed light on allusions that may escape late 20th-century sensibilities, e.g., why Lincoln is often portrayed in Scotch-plaid capes in Southern cartoons. Northern works predominate because of the paucity of Southern publishers and resources. This sometimes amusing but more often disturbing book will add to readers' understanding of the Civil War.-Rebecca L. Wells, UMI, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

For general readers and college undergraduates, this volume provides a delightful introduction to the cartoons and caricatures of the American Civil War as seen by contemporaries of the conflict in the Union states, the Confederacy, and Britain. For serious scholars, however, the volume is flawed. Neither the foreword nor the selections and commentaries exhibit substantial knowledge of the medium at this stage of its development. The brief bibliography is a generation out-of-date and fails to draw from the leading academic repositories of the medium during the 19th century. The Punch (London) cartoons of Sir John Tenniel, premier editorial cartoonist in the English-speaking world before the coming of age of Thomas Nast a few years after Appomattox, are badly outnumbered by those of lesser talents in Harpers Weekly, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, New York Illustrated News, even the wretched offerings in the Southern Illustrated News. Adalbert Volck, the acerbic and gifted Baltimore arch-Confederate, is represented by only four cartoons. The long wait for a comprehensive study of Civil War cartooning continues. R. A. Fischer; University of Minnesota--Duluth