Political Cartoon Project

By: Adiel Nájera & Scott Watson

"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?" - January 2, 1960

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Nixon's Dubious Actions During the 1960 Presidential Election
Exaggerated Nixon's reputation of "underhanded" tactics so far that they can be compared to that of an evil witch.
The mirror is symbolic of the Republican party.
Nixon won the republican nomination but lost to Democrat John F. Kennedy.
My guess is the cartoonist is a Democrat, portraying Nixon in a bad light to assist the Democrats.
Another opinion could be that this is perhaps unfair to Nixon, blowing his misdeeds out of proportion.
I think the cartoon is somewhat persuasive, as Nixon did have a reputation for being shady, however his reputation was not nearly as extreme as he is in this cartoon.
I think the cartoon could have used an instance or two of labeling, so that viewers could more easily understand the meaning behind the cartoon.


"Tote dat barge! Lif' dat boycott! Ride dat bus!" - March 25, 1956

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Bus Drivers Angry at Loss of Business Due to Boycott
The sign labels the setting as a bus stop in Montgomery, Alabama, where the boycott took place.
The city of Montgomery, Alabama, faces a boycott of bus transportation by African American due to seating segregation.
This cartoon is from the point of view of an African American, stating their opinion that they have the same right as white people to choose their own form of transportation, while the white men try to force them to ride the bus.
Another opinion on this issue could be from a white man, dumbfounded at African Americans' decision to boycott the bus system.
Yes, the cartoon turned out to be very persuasive once you understand it and the history behind it, as it represents African Americans' rising desire for freedom and equality.
More imagery could have been used in the form of a bus next to the street or a bus driver's uniform on the angry man to better show or enhance the meaning behind the cartoon.


"Read me what it says, Dad" - June 8, 1977

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Overall Standard for Education Lowered
The student's inability to read his own high school diploma is highly ironic.
The diploma is labeled "what we call our standards for graduation", a humorous exposition of the subject matter.
The issue of the cartoon is the cripplingly low standard of education in the United States.
The cartoonist's opinion is most likely that he believes the actual amount of education required to graduate is far too low.
Another opinion could be that teachers are passing students who don't actually meet educational standards just to let them pass.
This cartoon is very persuasive, as it is humorous while at the same time, it addresses a very serious issue and draws attention to it through that humor.
I can't find any techniques that the author could have used to enhance his point of view.