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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Anne Mergen (1906–1994). A Million Reasons Why You Should Vote, 1941. Ink, crayon, and graphite. Gift of Matthew Bernhardt and Christine Hoverman, 2006. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (030.00.00)

Call to Civic Duty

Making the case for voting as an urgent, even patriotic duty, Anne Mergen stacks paperwork as a visual metaphor in this drawing. Her cartoon exemplifies her direct approach to issues. Like her contemporary and peer, Herblock, she advocated strongly for the importance of voting as a major civic duty. Few if any other women held a comparable position while she worked as the editorial cartoonist for the Miami Daily News from 1933–1956.