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October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – December 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107, Philadelphia
PA 19107
Library Company of Philadelphia

Graphic Materials: Early American Political Cartoons and Propaganda

October 23 / November 8 / November 20 / December 4

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Led by Dr. Will Fenton, “Graphic Material” will excavate the broadsides, engravings, political cartoons, caricatures, and propaganda that transformed early American politics. Canvasing the African Americana, John A. McAllister, and Political Cartoon Collections, Fenton will offer participants hands-on access to the Library Company’s vaunted visual culture materials. “Graphic Material” promises to be a welcome companion to election-year politicking—a glimpse at a political culture that makes today’s exchanges appear positively demure by contrast. Each session includes dinner in the Library’s Logan Room, which features a selection of our historic collections.

About the Seminar Leader:
Dr. Will Fenton is the Director of Scholarly Innovation at the Library Company and Creative Director of Redrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America, a newly commissioned graphic novel and exhibition that will re-contextualize 18th-century historic events from the perspective of indigenous communities funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Fenton specializes in early American literature and the digital humanities and is the editor of an award-winning digital humanities project, Digital Paxton, and the author of numerous academic and public articles. To learn more about his research, visit

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged!


To pay by check contact Colleen Gill, Development and Membership Coordinator, at or 215-546-3181, ext. 136. For more information about the seminar series, contact Will Fenton, Director of Scholarly Innovation, at or 215-546-3181, ext. 119.

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