Political Cartoons
Curated by Jesse Chen, JHU Class of 2016

Since the proliferation of Benjamin Franklin’s infamous “Join or Die” drawing in the 1750s, the political cartoon has enjoyed a significant presence in American history and politics. Iconic historical events, figures, and debates have been chronicled through the lens of various cartoonists’ work, serving as a form of documentation, commentary, and in some cases, protest. Special Collections is home to several collections of original and copied political cartoons, including much of the work of Baltimore-based cartoonists Edmund Duffy and Tom Flannery. This album features highlights from each of their collections, many of which are still relevant in today’s politics. The cartoons shown here are currently on display in the Special Collections' Reading Room.
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