Uniting Mugwumps and the Masses: The Role of Puck in Gilded Age Politics, 1880-1884

Backer, Daniel Henry , Department of English, University of Virginia
Howard, Alan, Department of English, University of Virginia

This hypertext is intended to provide you with as many ways "in" as possible. The Text-Based section is an analysis of cartooning as well as Gilded Age political culture; the individual essays can be read in a linear progression or independently of each other. "A Brief History of Cartoons" documents particular highlights in the development of the artistic as well as editorial nature of the genre; "Mainstream and Elite Political Culture" describes the political environment in the decades after the Civil War and also sketches the Mugwump perspective; the final section, "A Popular Medium", deals specifically with Puck and Joseph Keppler's efforts to convey Liberal viewpoints to the general public. This final essay in the Text-Based area offers links to most of the Image-Based features, which engage with a variety of cartoons published between 1880 and 1884. The explorations of “Our National Dog Show" and "Inspecting the Democratic Curiosity Shop" are deconstructions of particular cartoons; "Caricature and the Carte-de-Viste" examines Keppler's and his assistants' artistic styles during the emergence of photography; "The Campaign Against Grant" is a selection of lithographs which appeared before the Republican convention of 1880. So browse at your discretion. 

MA (Master of Arts)

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