Department or Program

Environmental Studies


Since the 1980s, symbolic American images and political cartoons have been a useful byproduct of popular culture and as such, provide a valuable historical source to explore culture and history. Analyzing cartoons and iconography has thus led to the development of a rich source of literature that studies iconography as a reflection of the popular culture that produced it. By studying these cartoons, it is possible to see the dynamic nature of the society that produced it due to the natural rise and fall of cartoons during times of conflicts, unrest, disasters and societal changes. This thesis seeks to analyze the impact of cartoons on the modern environmental movement by looking at the portrayal of Al Gore.

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Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Jane Costlow

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

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