Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist

by Nancy Goldstein


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At a time of few opportunities for women in general and even fewer for African American women, Jackie Ormes (1911–85) blazed a trail as a popular cartoonist with the major black newspapers of the day. Her cartoon characters (including Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger) delighted readers and spawned other products, including an elegant doll with a stylish wardrobe and “Torchy Togs” paper dolls. Ormes was a member of Chicago’s black elite, with a social circle that included the leading political figures and entertainers of the day. Her cartoons and comic strips provide an invaluable glimpse into American culture and history, with topics that include racial segregation, U.S. foreign policy, educational equality, the atom bomb, and environmental pollution, among other pressing issues of the times—and of today’s world as well. This celebrated biography features a large sampling of Ormes’s cartoons and comic strips, and a new preface.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472037551
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 09/09/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 175,377
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nancy Goldstein became fascinated with the story of Jackie Ormes while doing research on the Patty-Jo doll. She has published a number of articles on the history of dolls in the classical world and the United States.

Visit the author's website at: www.jackieormes.com

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