Entire political arguments can be summed up in a single line in a political cartoon. Often, political cartoons are criticized for being one-sided and unfair. But an effective cartoon makes readers think.” – from Digital History: Attached you will find two political cartoons.
Imagine that you are seeking to explain the meaning and significance of these cartoons to someone with virtually no understanding of the time period. Your paper should address the following questions: What related issue do both cartoons deal with? (Pay attention to the subject matter as well as the dates in determining this.) What are the ideas, symbols, and message of each cartoon? Most importantly, as historians, what can these cartoons tell us about the past?
◦What issue is this political cartoon about?.
◦What is the cartoonist’s opinion on this issue?.
◦What other opinion can you imagine another person having on this issue?.
◦Did you find this cartoon persuasive?
Following a brief discussion of what constitutes an effective political cartoon and a quick review of the major Iraq news stories in the first months of 2005, the paper analyzes specific cartoons published in the two newspapers.