Uncle Sam The Man and the Legend Author:Alton Ketchum Uncle Sam is at once the best known and the least known of American symbols. He has represented the United States at home and throughout the world for well over one hundred years and yet few Americans realize that the symbol was derived from a real man. Mr. Ketchum tells about that man, Samuel Wilson; and how the symbol grew out of an incident i... more »n the War of 1812. He relates the symbol to its progenitors, Brother Jonathan and Yankee Doodle; and shows how cartoonists - ever since the first representation of Uncle Sam was published - have contributed to his changing appearance.
Although Uncle Sam is the focal point of this authentic and exciting book, Mr. Ketchum also tells of American's other symbols: the Indian girl in a kirtle (Pocahantas) who in Colonial days represented the coutnry, and changed, during the Revolution, into Miss Columbia; the Great Seal of the United States and how it originated; the earliest use of the Republican elephant and the Democatic donkey. Here, indeed, is a mine of little known and yet fascinating Americana.
There are more than one hundred cartoons and drawings to go with the text in this handsome book. Among the many cartoonists and graphic artists whose work is included are Nast, Opper, Keppler, Low, Norman Rockwell, Crosby, James Montgomery Flagg, and Herblock.« less