The Age of Caricature, the Age of Realism

Henry B. Wonham

in Playing the Races

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195161946
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788101 | DOI:
 The Age of Caricature, the Age of Realism

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This chapter describes the rise of caricature in American newspapers and periodicals during the 19th century, linking this history to technological and economic developments in the printing industry. It explores the popularity of ethnic caricature in particular, especially the vogue for “coon” images in songs and graphic publications during the 1880s and 1890s. The chapter offers examples of graphic caricatures depicting Jews, the Irish, African Americans, Native American, Germans, and representatives of other groups.

Keywords: magazines; periodicals; illustration; ethnic caricature; printing industry; Thomas Nast; Puck; Life; stereotype

Chapter.  11193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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