Founding Fragments – Political Comic Books

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Before television became widespread, political candidates used any means available to bring their message to potential voters. In the mid-20th century, this included a medium that has all but disappeared today: the political comic book. Host Tory Altman talks with curator Larry Bird about the Museum’s collection of these unique artifacts.

The “Founding Fragments” video series gets up close and personal with historical treasures in the collection of the National Museum of American History. Subscribe to our channel to find out about future episodes, or learn more at

Written, directed, and edited by Kent Chadwick

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National Museum of American History says:

Comic book-based movies like "Guardians of the Galaxy" can certainly be entertaining. You can't blame politicians for wanting in on the action. Presidential candidates join super heroes in these political comic books. 

#comics   #presidentialhistory   #smithsonian  

Hannah Gearhart says:

Thank you so much for creating the series Founding Fragments. As an American History Teacher, I can utilize this great asset! Please make more! Thanks again NMAH Museum Educator! You rock!

National Museum of American History says:

Can you envision Eisenhower as a comic book hero? Check out political comic books in our collections in this short video. Teachers: let us know how your students like it! 

#presidentialhistory   #presidentsday  

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