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Hundred Year Old Political Cartoons With Updated Captions

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When you look at older material long enough, it starts to get a little boring. We’ve done you the favor of collecting some hundred year old political cartoons and updating the captions to make them more relevant to our own lives.

פּרעזידענט װילסאָן: (צו רוסלאַנד): אין נאָמען פֿון דעם גאַנען אַמעריקאַנער פֿאָלק באָט איך דיר אַן סימפּאַטיע און הילפֿע.

President Wilson: (To Russia): In the name of the entire American people I offer you sympathy and help.

Updated Caption:

Tenured professor: (to adjunct instructor): In the name of the entire faculty, I’d like to warmly encourage you to write your book already, since that’s sure to help land you a job. It worked in my day, after all.

דער פּעסימיסט: ס׳איז חושך, פֿינסטער דער אידישער טהעאַטער איז טױדט.

דער אָפּטימיסט: ס׳איז ליכטיק, שעהן, דער אידישער טהעאַטער לעבט און בליהט.

The Pessimist: It’s dark and gloomy and Yiddish theater is dead.

The Optimist: It’s light and beautiful and Yiddish theater lives and thrives.

Updated Caption:

The Pessimist: It’s dark and gloomy, and the future of the humanities is in peril.

The Optimist: It’s light and beautiful and open access digital humanities projects are revolutionizing how we think about and share our work.

דער יוד: נו, זײ מוזען שױן זײַן גוט אױף צרות, אַז זײ בעטען זיך בײַ מיר איך זאָל צו זײ אַרײַנציהען...

The Jew: I guess they must have enough woes, if they’re begging me to take some from them.

Updated Caption:

We have such a wealth of translated Yiddish literature and editorial expertise at In geveb that other publications have to come begging us for it.

עמאַ גאָלדמאַן און פֿרײַע רעדע אין אַמעריקע

Emma Goldman and Free Speech in America

Updated Caption:

Yiddish student makes a mistake speaking Yiddish amidst language purists.

MLA STYLE
Editors, The . “Hundred Year Old Political Cartoons With Updated Captions.” In geveb, March 2019: https://ingeveb.org/blog/hundred-year-old-political-cartoons-with-updated-captions.
CHICAGO STYLE
Editors, The . “Hundred Year Old Political Cartoons With Updated Captions.” In geveb (March 2019): Accessed Aug 26, 2019.

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