Synopses & Reviews
The political turmoil of the Civil War Era has been analyzed many times, but one area of this period's history is often overlooked: a large body of humorous, clever, and scathing editorial cartoons from publications such as Harper's Weekly
, Vanity Fair
, and Leslie's Illustrated
In Lines of Contention, the best of these cartoons has finally been collected into one place to illuminate the social, political, and cultural climate of Civil War—Era America. The cartoons have been pulled from both sides of the fence and provide insight into the incidents and opinions surrounding the war as well as the mind-sets and actions of all the major figures. Lines of Contention presents a unique history of the Civil War and its participants.
The social, political, and military developments of the Civil War are explored in a rare new light through these clever and biting popular editorial cartoons of the day. Original cartoons, arranged chronologically, have been pulled from various sources, including Vanity Fair, Colliers, Punch, Leslie's Illustrated, The Southern Illustrated News, and other period publications. Each piece is illuminated with essential background information and an explanation of the underlying sentiments and subtleties of the era's cultural and political landscape.
About the Author
J. G. Lewin and P. J. Huff are freelance writers who specialize in popular and military history.