They are a digestible, but exaggerated, media that conveys the opinion of the cartoonist.
Or, to put it as the Washington Star did in 1948, “cartoonists are clowns tickling the world with the point of their pens.”
UW’s American Heritage Center has a wide breadth of political cartoons within its collections.
One example is the James Berryman Papers.
Berryman and his father were world-renowned cartoon artists that illustrated their animated ideologies for newspapers in Washington, D.C.
Attribution: WYOMING PUBLIC MEDIA & AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER
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