Catto Stories

The Election Before and After Political Cartoon

The Fifteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution provided that all male citizens were entitled to vote. In many southern states, the black population was so large and whites...

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Jump Jim Crow!!

What is Jim Crow? The year before Catto’s birth, “Jim Crow” became a widely accepted pejorative reference to African Americans. It was popularized by the white minstrel performer, Thomas Dartmouth “Daddy” Rice, who performed...

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Newspaper Voices in the Black Community

African American newspapers have been important voices for issues impacting the black community. In Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Tribune has been an important vehicle.  Among the oldest political cartoons printed in...

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