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Political Cartoons

by on April 13, 2010

Drawing a cartoon is a way to quickly say how you feel or what you think. The cartoon at its best is used to simplify and get to the heart of the matter.

There have been many famous political cartoonists who got their message across through illustration and humor. One of these is Jay “Ding” Darling. His work appeared daily on the front page of the Des Moines Register for nearly three decades. Darling received the Pulitzer Prize twice for editorial cartooning and created the following cartoons.


This Jay “Ding” Darling cartoon appeared on March 4, 1929, the day of Hoover’s inauguration. Herbert Hoover took the oath of office promising “…to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States.” The man standing behind Herbert Hoover is Uncle Sam, a symbol of the United States. Write your own caption for this cartoon.


This Jay “Ding” Darling cartoon appeared on November 10, 1928, the week following Herbert Hoover’s election. The gentleman handing the pen to president-elect Hoover is nicknamed Uncle Sam. He has already signed the long list and now it’s Hoover’s turn to sign. How would you caption this cartoon?

Drawing Your Own Cartoons

Pick a historical event from Herbert Hoover’s life you experienced while on your field trip to the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and draw a political cartoon — be sure to submit your cartoon to the Hoover Blog!

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Jesse April 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Cartoons are definitely my favorite part of our holdings here at the library!

Kathy April 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Today I enjoyed a tour with very polite and well-prepared 5th grade students from Springville. When we talked about the Ding Darling cartoons in the attic exhibit, one of the students told me they had done a cartoon activity at school. I didn’t get a chance to ask the teacher, but I would guess it was one of the activities in the confirmation packet sent to each teacher before their visit.

Anna July 1, 2011 at 12:06 am

I came across this blog online. Wow, I’m impressed with those Ding Darling cartoons.

pie face September 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

i like it

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