The Lines Are Drawn Political Cartoons of the Civil War by Kristen M. Smith (review)

The Lines Are Drawn Political Cartoons of the Civil War by Kristen M. Smith (Hill Street Press, 1999)

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The Lines Are Drawn Political Cartoons of the Civil War by Kristen M. Smith (review)

by Stephen W. Berry
Southern Cultures, Vol. 6, No. 2: Summer 2000

Hill Street Press, 1999

Each reproduction in The Lines Are Drawn is a gem in itself, documenting such familiar themes as wartime inflation and scarcity in the Confederacy, northern Copperheadism, and the iconographic rise of Abraham Lincoln and Uncle Sam. In all, Kristen M. Smith has collected 138 cartoons, comics, and caricatures related to the Civil War. Some are sophisticated prints from the likes of Currier & Ives, others are crude lithographs that ran in Vanity Fair or the little-known southern illustrated newspapers that operated out of Richmond during the war.