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Historical Political Cartoons Tell Stories

Originally published: 2012-11-24 00:59:00
Last modified: 2012-11-24 01:06:10

The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site will showcase its newest rotating exhibit, "Satirical Art," until Jan. 31.

This exhibit features five political cartoons from Andrew Johnson's last year as President.

1868 was a hard year for the 17th president. He struggled with Congress after the Civil War over the issue of Reconstruction.

Eventually Congress would impeach the President over the issue of his firing Secretary of War, Edmund Stanton.

President Johnson would be found not guilty of wrongdoing during the Senate trial by one vote.

Political cartoons in the mid-17th century were often posted on walls or passed from person to person, as well as published in newspapers.

Andrew Johnson had a very interesting relationship with the media of his time.

Because he was president in the mid-1800s, there were no paparazzi or video cameras which could capture the moment and portray the way Johnson was interpreted by the public.

The best way to see public opinion was through the ever-so-popular political cartoons.

Political cartoons are a way of storytelling and creating deeper personal thoughts.

Thomas Nast, Frank Bellow, and John Cameron all have their own emphasis and their own opinion, but when put together, they can tell a story and give a glimpse into a very controversial time in American history.

The exhibit takes just five of the many political cartoons that appeared during Andrew Johnson's term as President, and it creates a timeline that interprets Andrew Johnson's impeachment in a more lighthearted way.

The public is invited to view the cartoons at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitors Center, located at 101 North College St.

The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

The park is closed each year on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

For more information, contact the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center at 638-3551.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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