Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman's Political Cartoons

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Representing Congress PDF

Representing Congress is an eBook which presents a selection of political cartoons and learning resources to engage students in a discussion of what Congress is, how it works, and what it does. 

The Center for Legislative Archives maintains approximately 2,400 original pen-and-ink drawings by cartoonists Clifford K. Berryman and his son, Jim Berryman, in the U.S. Senate Collection.

Clifford and Jim Berryman were among Washington's best-known and most-admired graphic political commentators from 1898 to 1965. Clifford K. Berryman drew for the Washington Post from 1890 until 1907, and then for the Evening Star from 1907 until his death in 1949. His son, Jim, joined the Evening Star in 1935 and drew for the paper until his retirement in 1965, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1950. Berryman cartoons touched on a variety of subjects including politics, Presidential and congressional elections, both World Wars, and even Washington weather.

Chapters include:

  • Congress and the Constitution: Articles I and II Illustrated
  • Congress: the Elected, Representative Branch of Government
  • Congress: Making Laws for the Nation
  • Congress and the President: Balancing Articles I and II
  • The Two-Party System in Congress
  • A Member's Job: Representing the People and the States