Louisiana Purchase in Cartoon Form

Today is the 210th anniversary of the formal ceremony to transfer ownership of the Louisiana territory from France to the United States. As part of the Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial celebration, New Orleans Item cartoonist John Churchill Chase created Louisiana purchase: an american story told in that most american forms of expression… the comic strip in 1953. Originally syndicated across the country, the comic was later reprinted in 1954.

One of Special Collections & Archives’ (SC&A) copies contains a letter from Chase to Father Patrick Donnelly, S.J., President of Loyola from 1952 to 1961 , thanking him for suggesting that the comic be compiled in book form.

John Churchill Chase also authored 40 cartoons in wartime (available in SC&A) and Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children, and other streets of New Orleans, in words and pictures (one copy in SC&A and one in the circulating stacks).

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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