An Irish Political Cartoon Gallery

Whether or it be in the English press or here at home in "respected" American publications, throughout much of the 19th century and even into the 20th century, the Irish have been stereotyped much like other races of people. The topics range from perceived problems associated with Immigration, Labor, Catholicism and the Vote. The purpose of this gallery is to remind us all of the past so that we remember the struggles our forebearers endured and also in the hope that we avoid the transgressions of the past. - Tom Burke

Shakespeare Created Irish Stereotype

19th Century Ireland and the Cartoonists by Roy Douglas

Catholic Emancipation & Constitutional Freedom

19th Century English Views of Ireland and the Irish



The Vote

The Draft and WWI (posters) - England's attempt to encourage Irish volunteers.

Punch and the Irish Famine

Punch and Prejudice

Note: Special thanks to Professor Anthony Wohl (Vassar College) for the permission to use the links and info associated with the Punch cartoons.

Alien Menance
An article by Michael O'Malley, Associate Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University

The World of Thomas Nast

Five Points Viewer's Guide

The Irish in Cartoons

Nativism from The Reader's Companion to American History

Conversation with six De La Salle Christian Brothers

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Page last updated on 1/3/2012.