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Analyzing a Political Cartoon

Analyzing a Political Cartoon

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Author: Chad Malkamaki
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By using primary documents, mainly political cartoons from the archival collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, students will be able to look analytically and make informed decisions about the past. 

After completing the lesson students should be able to read, interpret, and gain greater knowledge about historical events through the use of primary documentation.

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Tutorial

How to analyze a political cartoon with an additional cartoon.

Source: Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH 44106

Cartoon Analysis Worksheet

A good worksheet created by the National Archives to help students to analyze a political cartoon in three different levels.

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Source: Education Staff, National Archives and Records Administration

A Valentine for Abe

Original cartoon is from the Western Reserve Historical Society, this scanned .jpeg is from the book From Rail-Splitter to Icon: Lincoln's Image in Illustrated Periodicals, 1860-1865.

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Source: From Rail-Splitter to Icon: Lincoln's Image in Illustrated Periodicals, 1860-1865

The Perilous Voyage

Source: From Rail-Splitter to Icon: Lincoln's Image in Illustrated Periodicals, 1860-1865