American Political Cartoons


Jeff Sees the Elephant
AAS holds a comprehensive collection of political cartoons produced in the United States between 1764 and 1876. The collection holds over 600 examples of caricatures, satires, and political subjects (the European cartoons are housed separately). The political cartoons includes everything including very early cartoons relating to the establishment and operation of the federal government, slanderous depictions of local politicians and national leaders, Civil War era images, and negative depictions of social reformers and military leaders.

Access

The Society’s collection can be thoroughly searched in the General Catalog with brief records for each cartoon, which include the artist’s name, the title, the publisher, date, and a short description of the image as well as links to digitized files for each cartoon.

An illustrated box list of the Charles Peirce Collection of Social and Political Caricatures and Ballads features engraved American and British cartoons. Cartoons by the Boston-area artist David Claypoole Johnston may also be found in the David Claypoole Johnston Family Collection illustrated box list.

Selected Items from the collection

The election a medley

POLITICAL CARTOON

The election a medley ...

AAS catalog record


Date: 1764
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A philosophic cock

POLITICAL CARTOON

A philosophic cock

Item description / catalog record


Date: 1804
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CHurch & state

POLITICAL CARTOON

Church & state

Item description / catalog record

Contributor: Picart, B.
Date: 1816
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Caucus held at Albany on Sunday evening

POLITICAL CARTOON

A Caucus held at Albany on Sunday evening ...

Item description / catalog record


Date: 1824
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Acts for the better maintaining the purity of elections

POLITICAL CARTOON

Acts for the better maintaining the purity of elections

Item description / catalog record

Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams
Date: 1844
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Abraham's dream!

POLITICAL CARTOON

Abraham's dream!

Item description / catalog record


Date: 1864
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Jack knief

POLITICAL CARTOON

The Jack knife war

Item description / catalog record

Contributor: Currier & Ives, lithographer
Date: 1871
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