Civil Rights: Examining Issues Through Political Cartoons

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Examining Issues Through Political Cartoons – Civil Rights (hardcover edition) Hardcover – April 4, 2002
by Mary E. Williams (Editor)

This anthology features cartoons drawn during the 1960s civil rights struggle as well as more recent sketches commenting on the legacy of the civil rights movement. Jules Feiffer, Ollie Harrington, Signe Wilkinson, and other cartoonists editorialize on issues such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, racial integration, affirmative action, and multiculturalism.

Editorial Reviews
From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Williams does an excellent job of providing readers with an overview of African Americans’ struggle for those rights enjoyed by other citizens and of the historical role of the political cartoon. Her introduction is succinct, clear, and thoughtful. Four chapters (“The Struggle for Justice,” “Has the Civil Rights Movement Benefited Minorities?” “How Has Affirmative Action Affected Civil Rights?” and “What Is the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement?”) examine three to six cartoons each. All are reproduced in the book, and information about the artist is provided. Historically, political cartoons have not only represented views, but they have also shaped views in myriad ways. Herein lies the book’s flaw; in the number and type of cartoons selected and in the topics and issues emphasized, this slim volume is only able to offer a glimpse into the available material. Still, there is no question about its intrinsic value. It represents a good beginning and may encourage further exploration of this topic.
Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
“…This title is an excellent resource for history, government, and debate classes for in-depth discussions on controversial and historical issues that continue to affect many lives even today. Recommended.”
Book Report (November 2002) (Book Report 20021101)

“Editor Mary Williams presents a representative and diverse collection of cartoons with commentary on a range of…themes in this engaging series aimed at students.”
Conscience (Spring 2003) (UNKNOWN 20030401)

“Humor is a powerful weapon for opening up discussion, and the Opposing Viewpoints series has always included small cartoons that add wry perspectives…Lots of detailed, serious commentary frames the cartoons, and each volume begins with a long introduction that includes a history of the debate as well as a summary of court decisions and current viewpoints.”
Booklist (July 2002) (Booklist 20020701)

“Williams does an excellent job of providing readers with an overview of African Americans’ struggle for those rights enjoyed by other citizens and of the historical role of the political cartoon. Her introduction is succinct, clear and thoughtful…there is no question about its intrinsic value. It represents a good beginning and may encourage further exploration of this topic.”
School Library Journal (October 2002) (School Library Journal 20021001)

“Editor Mary Williams presents a representative and diverse collection of cartoons with commentary on a range of themes in this engaging series aimed at students.”
Conscience (Spring 2003)

“Humor is a powerful weapon for opening up discussion, and the Opposing Viewpoints series has always included small cartoons that add wry perspectives. Lots of detailed, serious commentary frames the cartoons, and each volume begins with a long introduction that includes a history of the debate as well as a summary of court decisions and current viewpoints.”
— Booklist (July 2002) (Booklist 20020701)

Product Details
Age Range: 12 and up
Series: Examining Issues Through Political Cartoons
Hardcover: 94 pages
Publisher: Greenhaven Press; 1 edition (April 4, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0737711000
ISBN-13: 978-0737711004
Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.1 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces

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