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Persuasive Techniques Used by Political Cartoonists

Political cartoons are different from other primary sources because they are designed to be persuasive. Remember: The cartoonist is trying to change your mind about an issue! There are a few ways that a cartoon might persuade you.

Let's watch the following video and learn about five different persuasive techniques.

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Sometimes a cartoonist uses several different persuasive techniques in one drawing. Take a moment to look at the cartoon below. It shows Abraham Lincoln as a bad leader during the Civil War. Click on each flashing button to see how the cartoonist uses five different persuasive technique to make his point.

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