October 9 Sketch- How is Wall Street depicted in cartoons from the 19th and 20th centuries?

by John Gannon

The most interesting article i came across in my research came from “Business Source Complete,” entitled “every story tells a picture: Lessons from cartoons on corporate governance,” by L. Pitts and A. Mills.  It goes right along with my topic in analyzing cartoons over time to reveal public sentiment.  This article uses a historical cartoon analysis to track public opinion on issues surrounding corporate governance.  More specifically, it compares what cartoons reflected prior to the economic crash of 2008 and what they portrayed after.  The before and after idea is one I am currently thinking of using for my methods source. It was a great find because it not only uses methods I plan on using in my analysis, but also focuses on the same topic.  I would like to expand his research in a way and look back and do the before/after analysis of cartoons from the great depression.  The main questions I want to answer in this project are; But when did the public opinion of Wall Street turn south? Have Wall Street executives ever been praised in American history? Is it possible that jealousy has always been the root of hatred towards Wall Street employees or are all of them actually bad people?

R. Wiid, L. Pitt, A. Mills,“Every story tells a picture: Lessons from cartoonson corporate governance.” Published Nov. 2012, http://web.a.ebscohost.com.proxygw.wrlc.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=6&sid=b080764e-3943-4742-ac45-3ac2bcfdb89d%40sessionmgr4001&hid=4206&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=82598966&db=bth

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