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Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review

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Article

Abstract

History and popular culture have played off one another for centuries. While comic books might certainly seem to be a low-class form of entertainment, lacking the authority of a history textbook, they nonetheless allow the readers to engage in history as they have otherwise never experienced it. Rather than reading descriptions of what happened when the Spanish landed in Mexico, one may read The Cartoon History of the Modern World or Exploring the Americas to see clothing of the time-period as well as how some of the historical characters may have felt. By using comic books and political cartoons, one can study historical views alongside societal ones. Since comic books and political cartoons generally reflect the time period in which they were written, these sources may serve as benchmarks to gauge societal opinions and views of history.

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