Posts Tagged ‘political cartoons’
As we steel our resolve to avoid the Intentionalist Fallacy, we might recall that it was on this date in 1965 that about six hundred people began a fifty-four mile march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery. The marchers were demonstrating for African-American voting rights and commemorating the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who’d been shot three weeks earlier by a state trooper while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration.
One hundred years after the end of the Civil War, the protections of the Fifteenth Amendment had, in many Southern states (as indeed, in many others) been eroded by local statute and intimidation. And indeed on the outskirts of Selma, after they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the marchers were brutally assaulted, in plain sight of photographers and journalists, by heavily armed state troopers and deputies.
Readers will recall that before the exquisite Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson drew political cartoons…
Before that, he drew for his college newspaper, The Kenyon Collegian…
These and more, from every stage of Watterson’s wonderful career, at Rare Bill Watterson Art.
As we remember that this was why we used to subscribe to newspapers, we might send birthday smiles to another Ohioan, humorist and cartoonist James Thurber; he was born (in Columbus) on this date in 1894.
Q. No one has been able to tell us what kind of dog we have. I am enclosing a sketch of one of his two postures. He only has two. The other one is the same as this except he faces in the opposite direction. – Mrs EUGENIA BLACK
A. I think that what you have is a cast-iron lawn dog. The expressionless eye and the rigid pose are characteristic of metal lawn animals. And that certainly is a cast-iron ear. You could, however, remove all doubt by means of a simple test with a hammer and a cold chisel, or an acetylene torch. If the animal chips, or melts, my diagnosis is correct.
- The Thurber Carnival (1945)