The Graduate Center - City University of New York


Richard Samuel West, historian of cartoons and popular publications and founder of New England’s Periodyssey, discusses the range of topics in and formats of political cartoons published during the Civil War and delineates how the medium changed obver the course of the conflict. This talk took place on July 16, 2012, as part of The Visual Culture of the American Civil War, an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers.



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Bunker, Gary L. From Rail-­Splitter to Icon: Lincoln’s Image in Illustrated Periodicals, 1860-­1865. Kent, Ohio, 2001.

Kent, Christopher. “War Cartooned/Cartoon War: Matt Morgan and the American Civil War in Fun and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.” Victorian Periodicals Review 36:2 (Summer 2003).

Lewin, J. G., and Huff, P. J. Lines of Contention: Political Cartoons of the Civil War. New York, 2007.

Thompson, William Fletcher. “Pictorial Images of the Negro during the Civil War.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 48:4 (Summer 1965).


Bernard F. Reilly Jr., American Political Prints, 1776-1876 (Library of Congress)
Abraham Lincoln Cartoons: Comic Portraits of His Presidency (HarpWeek)
Civil War Era Collection: Political Cartoons (Gettysburg College)
Ohio Civil War: Cartoons (Ohio Historical Society)