Art Young, "Arrest This Man," Good Morning, August 1921.  Click images to enlarge. 

THE CAPITALIST PRESS & PROFITS OF RELIGION

Inspired by his own experience in the commercial newspaper business, and outraged by a lengthy libel trial brought by the Associated Press against one of his cartoons in The Masses, Young drew dozens of cartoons attacking corporate ownership of newspapers and the oversized influence of demagogic media tycoons like Pulitzer and Hearst.  Similarly, Young produced images attacking the conservative and easily corrupted nature of American religious, educational and civil institutions.  This page collects Art Young’s works of radical media critique and the corrupting power of big money, chronicling an era in which newspaper tycoons used the power of the press to manipulate the public and grow vast fortunes.

Art Young, Good Morning, Jan 1, 1920. 

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CHRISTIAN SOCIALISM

 Ryan Walker,  The Red Portfolio: Cartoons for Socialism  (Girard, 1912).

Ryan Walker, The Red Portfolio: Cartoons for Socialism (Girard, 1912).


ATTACKING AMERICAN RELIGION:  INTOLERANCE & HYPOCRICY

Art Young, The Appeal to Reason, October 28, 1922.

Art Young, The Best of Art Young

Art Young, The Masses, December 1912

Art Young illustration for Charles Erskine Wood's Heavenly Discourse (New York: Vanguard Press, 1927).


THE BRASS CHECK: RADICAL MEDIA CRITIQUE IN THE AGE OF MONOPOLY

Art Young, originally published in The Masses, February 1916.

Art Young, The Masses, December 1912. 

The Best of Art Young