Panola College’s M.P. Baker Library will host Campaigns & Cartoons: The Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion exhibit through the end of September. The exhibit contains thirty-six original sketches and published political cartoons. View the lives of noted artists who produced and popularized such symbols as Uncle Sam, Miss Columbia, and even the donkey and the elephant, the icons by which the two major parties are known today. It focuses upon an era during which the political cartoons maintained a unique role in political persuasion. It represents a time when technological advancement in the print media resulted in a vastly expanded readership, and a period devoid of conflicting and competing forms of media communication that mark the electronic age. The opinion of the publishers was from time-to-time published in the form of caricature, and in the post-Civil War years, the political cartoon came of age. Led by Thomas Nast and his unrelenting attack in Harper's Weekly upon the corrupt Democratic "Boss" Tweed and Tammany Hall, and by Nast's efforts to reelect President Ulysses S. Grant, cartooning quickly proved to be a powerful tool in shaping public opinion.

The public is cordially invited to join Panola College on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 12:00 pm in the Murphy-Payne Community room of the library. Brian Naples, Professor of Political Science at Panola College, will discuss the importance and influence of political cartoons for a lunchbox lecture. In conjunction with the lecture, the collection of political cartoons from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will be on exhibit in the Fay Allison Gallery from August 3 – September 30.  A light lunch will be served for the first 50 visitors attending.  The program is free to the community. For additional information please call 903-693-2091 or email


"Campaigns & Cartoons: The Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion"

“A traveling exhibit from the collection of Julian and Sue Ridlen in cooperation with the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site”

Sponsored by the Panola College Foundation