Civil War Cartoons is a paper that investigates American visual satire (political cartoons) during the Civil War era. An American Studies Project at the University of Virginia, the site was originally created by Ian Finseth and later edited with a graphic introduction by Dan Backer. Beginning at the start of the Civil War and ending with its aftermath, the site is a history lesson that emphasizes the importance of understanding the ways in which political cartoons contributed to the nation's social and political climate of the time. Furthermore, it reveals the potency of the medium, tracing the success and influence of visual images during the Civil War-era. It shows the period to be a significant landmark in the history of American political art.


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