THINGS WERE AS NASTY THEN AS THEY ARE NOW - AS THEY HAVE EVER BEEN AND EVER WILL BE.
This Indiana University website is a fine online resource of political cartoon history with examples as far back as the Colonial Era. Abraham Lincoln depicted as a monkey is always a crowd pleaser.
Every time I think cartoonists are rude of late, I just have a look back at those polite and gracious days of yore. Crikey.
THOSE WHO THINK WE CAN CHANGE THIS ARE AT BEST IDEALISTS WHO THINK HUMAN NATURE CAN BE CHANGED.
WE EACH HAVE A LITTLE EVIL IN US. OUR TASK IS TO CONTROL IT. BUT WE CAN NEVER BECOME PERFECTLY GOOD.