Drawn and Quartered: Political Cartoons from the Collections

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HSP will have on display a selection of its most interesting and entertaining political cartoons, many produced by masters of American political cartooning.

These images span a range of topics and themes—including colonial relations with England, the Civil War, local Pennsylvania politics, and contentious presidential elections. The cartoons, with sometimes inflammatory images and recognizable public figures, remind us of the issues faced by past Americans and parallel the political preoccupations of today.

HSP is in the process of digitizing 500 political cartoons from its collection that will be featured in an interactive digital history project, supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s Innovation in Archives and Documentary Editing program.