Created by Rebecca Edwards and Sarah DeFeo
The 1896 presidential election was one of the most exciting and complicated in U.S. history. This website provides an introduction to one aspect of the campaign: the hundreds of political cartoons published in newspapers around the country. Most of these cartoons have been buried in archival microfilms, where students can't reach them. They offer a window into political structures and issues, society, and culture in the United States, just before the turn of the last century. We will be adding more cartoons and features--check back occasionally to see what's new.
The site includes presidential Election Results by state. The links above take you to the various sections of the site e.g Leaders, Themes etc. Use the Bibliography and Journal pages to explore our sources; consult the Teaching page for ideas on using "1896" with students of history, politics, or literature. If you or your class wish to do your own research and add to the site, please write to us with your proposal.
"1896" contains many images and arguments that the site's architects find offensive, including antisemitic and racial slurs. These themes--and protests against them, which were largely ignored in the press--represented the state of public opinion at the time. We include such material as part of our commitment to a full understanding of the past and its legacies today.
Created by Rebecca Edwards, Assistant Professor of History and Sarah DeFeo, Vassar '99, with help from students in History 276, "A House Divided: The United States, 1830-1890."
Profuse Thanks to:
© 2010 Rebecca Edwards, author of New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865-1905 by Rebecca Edwards, Oxford University Press
Major events of the campaign,
in cartoon and story. (Click date)