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Illustrating the Gilded Age

Editorial Cartoons and American Politics and Culture, 1877-1901  

During summer 2008, Carol A. Keller, History Professor, San Antonio College,  was privileged to participate in a weeklong National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People 2008 Landmarks of American History and Culture” workshop for community college faculty. The focus of the workshop — held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center — was to study and reexamine the Gilded Age, one of the more politically contentious and culturally fractious historical landscapes in the national narrative. Working with an expansive array of political cartoons and periodicals from the era as well as architectural features, furnishings, and other artifacts of material culture, suggests there are complex and interesting stories to be told about the era. 

The Editorial Cartoons and American Politics and Culture, 1877-1901 curriculum  module provides student learning activities applicable to humanities curriculum, links to online and print resources (including an editorial cartoon tutorial developed by Lucy Caswell),  and other graphic material provided by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. The module is designed to encourage students and teachers to tap these Curriculum Activities on their own terms in order to look at our national narrative in new and different ways. 

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