Max Eastman was elected to be the editor of the Masses, the magazine that birthed the modern gag cartoon, fittingly described as such: “…the magazine leaned away from the conventions of the establishment and toward the eccentricities of bohemians everywhere. Politically, the magazine was more socialist than anything else, and in those days, before the U.S. entry into World War I and before the Russian Revolution, socialism wasn’t a bad thing.”
Thus it was the perfect context for political cartooning. Read about Max Eastman and bravery of early political cartooning pioneers.
(via the Paris Review Daily)