Jackie Ormes
The First African American Women Cartoonist
by Nancy Goldstein

Jackie Ormes: First African American Women Cartoonist [HC]
Jackie Ormes: First African American Women Cartoonist [HC]
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A richly illustrated biography of a pioneering woman artist and the characters she created

In the United States at midcentury -- a time of few opportunities for women in general and even fewer for African American women -- Jackie Ormes (1911-85) blazed a trail as a popular cartoonist with the major black newspapers of the day. Jackie Ormes chronicles the life of this multiply talented, fascinating woman.

Orme's cartoon characters (including Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger) delighted readers of newspapers such as the and Pittsburgh Courier and Chicago Defender and spawned other products, including an elegant black doll with a stylish wardrobe and "Torchy Togs" paper dolls in the funny papers. Ormes was a member of Chicago's black elite, with a social circle that included the leading political figures and entertainers of the day. Her politics, which fell decidedly to the left and were apparent to even a casual reader of her cartoons and comic strips, eventually led to her investigation by the FBI during the McCarthy era.

The biography's more than 150 illustrations include photographs of Jackie Ormes and a large sampling of her cartoons and color comic strips, including some furnished by cartoonist and cartoon historian Tim Jackson. Ormes' work provides an invaluable glimpse into American culture and history, with topics that include racial segregation, U. S. foreign policy, educational equality, the atom bomb, and environmental pollution, among other pressing issues of the times -- and of today's world as well.

Jackie Ormes
The First African American Women Cartoonist
by Nancy Goldstein

ISBN: 9780472116249
ISBN-10: 047211624X
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: March 2008
Format: Hardcover, 225 pages, 8.5" x 11.25"
Book Type: New

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