Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist

byNancy Goldstein

Hardcover | February 21, 2008

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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.


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
Title:Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman CartoonistFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 0.9 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 0.9 inPublished:February 21, 2008Publisher:University of Michigan PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:047211624X

ISBN - 13:9780472116249

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Editorial Reviews

"Goldestein''s book is a wonderful introduction to a woman who turns out to be as fascinating a person as you could hope to read about, an incredible artist and cartoonist who was pioneering not just for the reason given in the sub-title, but because of how far ahead of her time much of her work was. Ormes'' life and work seems even more exciting, because so much of what Goldstein does seems like an act of discovery or introduction: Here''s one of those great real-life cartoonist characters who, chances are, you''ve either never heard of, or never heard so much of." —Comic Book Resources