Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Trending 150 Years Ago Today

In case you missed it yesterday, here's what was trending across the nation 150 years ago today:
Now let's see if I understand Garry Trudeau's theory of satire correctly...

If a cartoonist for one of these papers drew a "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play" cartoon, that would be punching up against the Powers That Be, and that would be okay. But a cartoon showing John Wilkes Booth making his grand entrance at the Gates of Hell would be punching down at a defeated Victim of History, and you shouldn't do that.
Heck, just settle for Our American Cousin shedding a single tear, then.

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