Aside from the occasional pacifist work, the American World War I cartoons I've posted here up to now have been entirely pro-British, so today we look at another side of the coin. In the summer of 1916, England hardened its line against neutral countries' trade with the Axis powers.
|"Mailed Fist" by Evans in Baltimore American, July, 1916|
American cartoonists took a dim view of the British blacklist:
|"The Road Hog" by John N. "Ding" Darling for Des Moines Register and Leader, July, 1916|
|"Notice to Neutrals" by George W. Rehse in New York World, July, 1916|
|"Walking the Plank!" by Winsor McCay, July, 1916|
On the other hand, they say that drowning people don't look as though they are drowning, so perhaps McCay watched some people drown and took notes.
Robert Brinkerhoff has a much more bemused take on British blacklist:
And then, on August 3, England executed Sir Roger Casement for his role in Ireland's Easter Rising. Many American newspapers condemned the execution of the diplomat who had been an advocate of human rights in such far-flung places as the Congo and Peru. His devotion to the oppressed has been linked to his homosexuality, although that aspect was not widely reported on this side of the Atlantic.
|"Wish I Knew Where He Was Comin' Out" by Robert M. Brinkerhoff for Boston Journal, July, 1916|
|"A Stain That Will Cling Forever" by Harry Murphy for Chicago Examiner, August 4, 1916|