Political Cartoons of the Civil War Topic of February 23 Presentation at ECC

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Local historian Bob Schultz will discuss the political commentary of the American Civil War through newspaper cartoons when he visits East Central College Thursday, February 23.

The free presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 100 in the Health & Science Building on the ECC campus in Union.  Schultz will explore just a few of the biting, satirical and sometimes friendly political cartoons that came to prominence during the Civil War.

Schultz notes that America has had a long heritage of political commentary in cartoons.  Just before the Civil War, changes in the technology of newspaper production made this kind of commentary much more available to the general public.  Weekly newspapers like Harpers and Leslies in the North, Southern Illustrated News in the South and foreign papers like Punch in England all made the commentary vivid and set the standard for years to come.  Political “discussion,” particularly in the North between anti-war Democrats and Republicans was often more bitter than what occurs today.

Schultz is a long-time Franklin County resident and a noted historian in the area. He taught history at ECC from 1995-2010 and is an active member of the St. Louis Civil War Roundtable.  His work has been featured in Missouri Historical Society and St. Charles County Historical Society publications.  For many years he has served as editor of the St. Charles County Heritage, a quarterly journal of county history.

The February 23 presentation is sponsored by Words and Motion, ECC’s speaker and film series.