Cold War cartoon on Iron Curtain

The Cold War is rich with symbols that help students truly understand the conflict. This cartoon is no exception.

Published in 1947 in the wake of Soviet involvement in Greece and Turkey, Jay “Ding” Darling captures the feelings of the hopelessness ahead in resolving issues with communist Russia.

We have included questions and answers for your classroom use.

For more Cold War resources check out our PowerPoints:

Classroom history games:

King Andrew the First

This 1833 cartoon is a great way of exploring the sometimes controversial presidency of Andrew Jackson. Although this refers to the action regarding the Bank, it would be interesting to analyze other actions taken during his presidency.

We have included a copy of the cartoon along with questions and answers.

For more on this era check out our US History PowerPoint, Expansion and Reform: The United States from 1829-1860

Simulation games:

Image Library: US History Image Library – Pre-20th Century


Benjamin Franklin’s Join or Die

Although this cartoon can be seen in almost every major US History textbook, we still think it’s worth analyzing with questions.

We have included a copy with questions and answers.

For more on this era please check out our resources:

US History PowerPoints

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    U.S. History Review
  • Colonial Era
  • The American Revolutionary War
  • Simulation Games

    Image Library

    US History Image Library – Pre-20th Century

    The First Hundred Days under FDR

    This fantastic cartoon from 1933 allows for deep analysis by students.

    The cartoonist depicts FDR as TR, attacking the nation’s problems with “The Big Stick”.

    We have included a copy of the cartoon with questions and answers.

    So many concepts at work here, this could spark an amazing classroom discussion!

    For more resources on this era check out our 1930s PowerPoint, as well as our FDR and the New Deal simulation game.

    WWII Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon

    Dr Seuss was a prolific artist and due to his children’s books is a wonderful cartoonist to use in the classroom during WWII.

    His images feel familiar which put even the most unsure students at ease in analyzing political cartoons.

    We have included a copy of his famous ostrich cartoon along with questions and answers.

    For more on WWII check out our resources:

    US History PowerPoints

    World History PowerPoints

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    Monroe Doctrine cartoons lesson

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    The Monroe Doctrine is arguably one of the top ten most influential policies ever penned by a president. It helped define the stance the U.S. would take in the affairs of foreign nations, at first in the Western Hemisphere, and later the world.

    Teaching with cartoons is such a powerful manner of introducing high level concepts. It also tends to grab the attention of all students, since most of us understand symbols pretty easily.

    Here are two cartoons along with questions and answers on the Monroe Doctrine.