Nonpartisan Leader Cartoons

Political cartooning in North Dakota reached its peak in the late 1910s with the rise of the Nonpartisan League and its Nonpartisan Leader newspaper. The league’s most prominent cartoonist, John Miller Baer, was elected in 1917 to the United States House of Representatives. Featured are twenty-four original Baer cartoons preserved at the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies. The cartoons included here, that were published in the Nonpartisan Leader, are but a very small sampling of the rich collection of political cartooning found in issues of the Leader. The entire run of the Leader is available on microfilm at the Institute, and the Institute preserves almost a complete hard-copy set.

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Further readings on the Nonpartisan League

John Miller Baer: Nonpartisan League Cartoonist and Congressman, by Bill G. Reid