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Women's Suffrage - Feminine of Jekyll and Hyde

Anti-suffrage groups published political cartoons to warn what could happen if American women were given the right to vote. Sometimes these drawings and illustrations would target women directly.

This illustration was created by Udo J. Keppler (1872-1956) and was published—as a centerfold—in Puck’s June 4, 1913 issue.

The Library of Congress has a copy of this work and describes it with these words:

Illustration shows a woman holding a flag labeled "Woman Suffrage" standing behind an angry hag labeled "Militant Lawlessness" with a Medusa-like face, wide-eyed and open mouth, rushing toward the viewer, carrying a bomb and a torch with smoke labeled “Arson.”

More than a hundred years later, we can think about cartoons like this and compare them to the words and pictures used in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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QUESTIONS and ISSUES to PONDER:

How should we compare the propaganda posters of 1913 with the propaganda words/images/television ads of 2016?

What are the similarities? What are the differences?

How far have American women progressed between 1913 and 2016?

Was the word "hag," which was used in 1913's political propaganda, also used in 2016? If so, compare and contrast the differences in meaning—if any—between then and now. 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Feb 06, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Nov 14, 2016


Media Credits

Illus. in: Puck, v. 73, no. 1892 (published June 4, 1913), centerfold. Original copyright 1913 by Keppler & Schwarzmann, now expired. Online via the Library of Congress. Public Domain.

 

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