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Stuart McDonald Cartoon Collection Overview

Stuart McDonald’s cartoons appeared in the Sunday edition of the Grand Forks Herald from 1961-1967. His cartoons also appeared in the North Dakotan from 1965-1968. The original cartoons measure 11x14 inches, and may be found in the Stuart McDonald Papers, OGL #390.

In 1963, the Grand Forks Herald published a compilation of 112 of Stuart McDonald’s cartoons in a book entitled The McDonald Book: A Collection of Editorial Cartoons by the Grand Forks Herald’s Award Winning Cartoonist. The preface to the book was written by Scott Long, an old friend of McDonald’s and himself an editorial cartoonist at the Minneapolis Tribune. Long reported that:

“No political cartoonist is worth his salt who misuses his valuable space by drawing inoffensive, pretty pictures about the news. A political cartoon is a weapon of attack to be used against the evils and the follies of society. It is potentially the strongest weapon in modern journalism. Often it is drawn in good humor and often it is not. It does not matter how it is drawn if it achieves the purpose of the cartoonist. His purpose is not to be well-liked and popular. It is to reveal injustice and deflate humbug. His purpose is to sting you to awareness of what he regards as a social evil.”

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