Humor on Pause: How Political Cartoonists Satirize Tragedy
Hillsborough Community College, University of South Florida, Florida, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Bush L
Hillsborough Community College
University of South Florida
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 11, 2015; Accepted Date: March 03, 2015; Published Date: March 10, 2015
Citation: Bush L (2015) Humor on Pause: How Political Cartoonists Satirize Tragedy. J Mass Communicat Journalism 5:249. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000249
Copyright: ©2015 Bush L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This essay investigates cartoons that were drawn in response to the four deaths of sitting U. S. Presidents during the 20th century. The author argues that there is a pattern to the cartoons that were drawn and examines why the cartoons are necessary. The author not only examines political cartoons from mainstream newspapers, but analyzes the cartoons that were published in the Chicago Defender. Finally, the author contrasts cartoons drawn about the deaths of sitting presidents to those drawn in response to the deaths of long-retired former presidents.