Title

No Laughing Matter: The Usefulness of Editorial Cartoons and Caricatures in the University Classroom

Presenter Information

Nicholas Villanueva Jr.

Department

History and Political Science

Major

History

Research Advisor

Ahmad, Diana L., 1953-

Advisor's Department

History and Political Science

Funding Source

Dr. Diana L. Ahmad

Abstract

Editorial cartoons have helped express writers’ opinions about historical people and events throughout American history. Presenting these images in a classroom environment will create a picture of American History that is sometimes missing in textbooks and lectures. The purpose of this research was to identify who would benefit from these illustrations as a teaching tool and how these images effectively aid in teaching American history. Comparing high school and university atmospheres led to the conclusion that the university level was the most appropriate to introduce this style of teaching. Additionally, a worksheet was created from this research to aid the students with interpreting the symbolism, exaggeration, and satire these cartoons and caricatures use to present the opinion. Upon analyzing these editorial cartoons, the conclusion was made that these images are a valuable source to aid in the teaching of American history.

Biography

Nick is a senior attending the University of Missouri--Rolla majoring in history. He is the son of Nicholas and Patricia Villanueva and is from Chesterton, Indiana. On campus he is actively involved in the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center and the History Club. He is also a member of the Indiana Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Off campus, he is involved with “Ski for Light, ” a non-profit group that takes handicap children skiing each year. Nick plans on pursuing graduate work in American history.

Research Category

Humanities/Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Humanities/Social Sciences oral presentation, Third place

Presentation Date

12 Apr 2006, 11:00 am

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No Laughing Matter: The Usefulness of Editorial Cartoons and Caricatures in the University Classroom

Editorial cartoons have helped express writers’ opinions about historical people and events throughout American history. Presenting these images in a classroom environment will create a picture of American History that is sometimes missing in textbooks and lectures. The purpose of this research was to identify who would benefit from these illustrations as a teaching tool and how these images effectively aid in teaching American history. Comparing high school and university atmospheres led to the conclusion that the university level was the most appropriate to introduce this style of teaching. Additionally, a worksheet was created from this research to aid the students with interpreting the symbolism, exaggeration, and satire these cartoons and caricatures use to present the opinion. Upon analyzing these editorial cartoons, the conclusion was made that these images are a valuable source to aid in the teaching of American history.