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Political cartoon presentation

  1. 1. Political Cartoons of the Cold War<br />Presented to you by: <br />Quinton Campbell<br />
  2. 2. What are political cartoons?<br />They are humorous visual representations of controversial current events. <br />Generally about hot topics of the time, usually being political. <br />
  3. 3. What are they made for?<br />They are done in good humor to let readers understand the issues of politics, and society better.<br />They use caricatures as well as strait forward visual images, and a variety of symbols to do so.<br />
  4. 4. Where are they generally found?<br />Political cartoons are frequently found on the editorial pages of various newspapers as well as magazines. <br />They appear from time to time in the comics section of a newspaper/periodical, as well. <br />
  5. 5. The Cold War<br />The Cold War took place between the years 1946 – 1991.<br />The two rivaling countries were The U.S.S.R. (Russia), and The United States of America.<br />The primary disputes they had were the space race, the arms race, and democracy vs. communism.<br />
  6. 6. Analysis of political cartoons<br />Many people do not understand how to understand political cartoons.<br />To more easily interpret these cartoons, we’re going to learn step-by-step how to do so.<br />
  7. 7. Step 1: Gaze Slowly <br />Artists know best<br />Let your mind find the part that stands out<br />Generally being an exaggeration or distortion meant to be comical<br />
  8. 8. Step 2: Find the Flow<br />Figure out what the interaction with the primary focus is<br />Look around the main object or person for allusions<br />An allusion is indirect indication to a past or current event that’s not completely clear<br />
  9. 9. Step 3: Verify the Audience<br />Who is the population?<br />What are their views?<br />
  10. 10. Step 4: The Context<br />What is going on in the world? <br />In the news?<br />
  11. 11. Step5: The Symbols<br />Find symbols that commonly represent a group of people.<br />Ex. donkeys for Democrats and elephants for Republicans<br />
  12. 12. Step 6: Minor Details<br />Look for words and pictorial symbols<br />Generally located in the background<br />Meant to convey minor themes<br />
  13. 13. “Fire!”<br />
  14. 14. “Its ok – We’re hunting Communists”<br />
  15. 15. “It’s the same thing without mechanical problems”<br />
  16. 16. “You mean I’m supposed to stand on that?”<br />In February 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy captured headlines by his claims that he held in his hand, a list of names of some 205 communists in the State Department which he did not reveal. Many members of Congress, influenced by his success, began to support his heavy-handed and abusive tactics for political purposes. Here conservative Republican senators, Kenneth S. Wherry, Robert A. Taft, and Styles Bridges and Republican National Chairman Guy Gabrielson push a reluctant GOP elephant to mount the unsavory platform. This was the first use of the word "McCarthyism."<br />
  17. 17. “Have a Care, Sir”<br />Throughout his political career, Dwight Eisenhower refused to take a public stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's aggressive anti-communist campaign. Eisenhower even struck from a 1952 campaign speech in Wisconsin a defense of his mentor, George C. Marshall, a McCarthy target. Half a dozen Republican senators, including Ralph Flanders, joined Margaret Chase Smith in a "declaration of conscience" against McCarthy. Eisenhower, however, continued to speak of "justice and fair play" in fighting communism, and it was a long time before they prevailed.<br />
  18. 18. “On this order for a new typewriter ribbon – did you know you forgot to stamp ‘Secret’?”<br />
  19. 19. Bibliography<br />""Fire!" (Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium, Library of Congress Exhibition)." Library of Congress Home. Web. 15 June 2011. <http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/fire.html>.<br />"Part I: A Brief History of Political Cartoons." American Studies @ The University of Virginia. Web. 15 June 2011. <http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma96/puck/part1.html>.<br />"Index." Xenon.truman.edu. Web. 15 June 2011. <http://www2.truman.edu/parker/research/cartoons.html>.<br />