25 June 2014

Are You Using Historic Editorial Cartoons As You Research Your Ancestors, Community, or a Time Period?

Google Image search on term "editorial cartoons" -- select images

Sometimes we get information from unexpected places – or shall I say less usual places.

For example, with all the complexity of modern politics, a nice single panel editorial cartoon will often tell me more than the two page article in the newspaper.

As we research our ancestors, we are often seeking to learn more about the context of the times in which they lived.  What better way than through editorial cartoons!??!  This came to my mind when I read Teaching with Editorial Cartoons (ProQuest).

Of course, then I had to see if there are collections dedicated to editorial cartoons and there are quite a few!
·    [Dirksen Center] http://www.congresslink.org/cartoons/  
·    [British] http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/
·    [Political/editorial cartoons in the classroom] http://www.weberberg.de/skool/cartoons.html

I'm sure there are more ... If you know of any other large collections, let us know.

So, when you next need to learn some history and brevity will best suit your needs, consider checking out a collection of editorial cartoons.

Do you know of another type of resource that puts history into bite-size digestible chunks?

Editor's Note: My family are particular to The Cartoon History of the Universe series by Larry Gonick.

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