Geopolitics in the Anti-Suffrage Cartoons of American John Tinney McCutcheon and Canadian Newton McConnell: Stopping Trans-Atlantic Flow
"Geopolitics in the Anti-Suffrage Cartoons of American John Tinney McCutcheon and Canadian Newton McConnell: Stopping Trans-Atlantic Flow." Jaqueline McLeod Rogers. Peitho, Volume 17, Issue 1, Fall/Winter 2014, pp. 31-45.
Era: Post-Suffrage Era | Media: Academic Paper
Writing professor Jaqueline McLeod Rogers offers an analysis of the anti-suffrage cartoons of John Tinney McCutcheon, an American, and Newton McConnell, a Canadian. The piece, published in Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition, emphasizes the suffrage movement’s transnational nature. It swept the streets not only in Britain, but in the former British colonies of the United States and Canada, too.
The cartoonists, both of whom opposed suffrage, were reacting to the militant British movement for voting rights. As Rogers explains, however, they expressed their opposition in different ways. McCutcheon’s cartoons portray the US as a place where women were winning the right to vote through peaceful tactics. He believes that the British women’s movement could, in fact, learn from the Americans. In contrast, McConnell’s cartoons depict the British suffragettes as a mob that could tear apart Canadian society.
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