Learn more about some of the sources that Philip Cushman draws on in his book Constructing the Self, Constructing America by clicking on the images and links below:




Stan Dragoti

Love at First Bite


J. H. van den Berg

Changing Nature of Man: Introduction to a Historical Psychology



Rabbi Nachman of Braslav


Berke Breathed’s Bloom County


Natalie Zemon Davis

The Return of Martin Guerre



Edgar Alan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum



Frank King

Gasoline Alley


A sample strip can be found at:


Other descriptions of the comic and its history can be found at:



Walt Kelly



Pogo still has a fan club and the club’s web site has a few examples of Walt Kelly’s strips: