Analyzing Political Cartoons
Reconstruction Project
Artistic Devices
• Political Cartoons use some or all of these
devices:
– Important people (recognizable characters)
– Sym...
Identify the Devices in the cartoon
Voice or thought bubbles
Important or
recognizable
person

labels

symbols
Caption (ti...
• President Lincoln and Vice-President Johnson
are repairing the torn country at the end of
the Civil War.
Lincoln as rail splitter
• Lincoln once split rails for
the railroad. This image is
used often in
cartoons.
Andrew Johnson as tailor
• Andrew Johnson had apprenticed as a tailor
when he was a boy. Later he opened his own
shop.
• This explains why these two images are used
in this political cartoon.
• The thread symbolizes the programs used
during ...
Cartoons as Primary Sources
• Political cartoons are primary documents.
• They can tell us a lot about the time period we
...
Assignment
You will interpret the cartoons in your packet.
Read the section that corresponds with the
cartoon and fill in ...
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
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Reconstruction pt 2

  1. 1. Analyzing Political Cartoons Reconstruction Project
  2. 2. Artistic Devices • Political Cartoons use some or all of these devices: – Important people (recognizable characters) – Symbols – Exaggerated details – Labels (identification) – Voice or thought bubbles – A caption
  3. 3. Identify the Devices in the cartoon Voice or thought bubbles Important or recognizable person labels symbols Caption (title of the cartoon) Exaggerated Detail
  4. 4. • President Lincoln and Vice-President Johnson are repairing the torn country at the end of the Civil War.
  5. 5. Lincoln as rail splitter • Lincoln once split rails for the railroad. This image is used often in cartoons.
  6. 6. Andrew Johnson as tailor • Andrew Johnson had apprenticed as a tailor when he was a boy. Later he opened his own shop.
  7. 7. • This explains why these two images are used in this political cartoon. • The thread symbolizes the programs used during the Reconstruction (i.e. Freedman’s Bureau).
  8. 8. Cartoons as Primary Sources • Political cartoons are primary documents. • They can tell us a lot about the time period we are studying.
  9. 9. Assignment You will interpret the cartoons in your packet. Read the section that corresponds with the cartoon and fill in the chart.
  10. 10. Section 2
  11. 11. Section 3
  12. 12. Section 4
  13. 13. Section 5
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