This lecture will consider key events from the War of 1812 by
exploring satirical visual imagery. Political cartoons were printed
with immediacy, to capitalize on sensational events and to mock
prominent politicians and figures, while extolling pride in the
American cause. Caricatures of this period, although printed in
haste, expose how people in America felt and how they responded to
the War of 1812.
Political caricatures from this period were printed in New
York, Philadelphia, and small towns in New England. Rarely are such
prints considered in the American history dialogue, yet such images
are vital documents that provide the modern viewer with the
opinions of the every-day citizen in the early 1800s. In focusing
on the caricatures produced during this period, this lecture
considers the “peoples story” of the War of 1812 through a series
of visually humorous images.
Speaker: Allison Stagg
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