UNC Charlotte Atkins Library recently acquired access to the only digital archive of the humor and satire magazine, Punch. The themes discussed could be useful for many classes on the social and political history of the 19th and 20th century. Consider incorporating a primary source assignment that allows students to explore the archive during class or a library session.
From 1841 to 1992 Punch was the world’s most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon, Punch played a central role in the formation of British identity – and how the rest of the world saw the British. The fully text searchable online archive of Punch ─ Punch Historical Archive 1841–1992 ─ is available for scholars, students and the general researcher to explore. The archive is an unrivalled resource for researching and teaching 19th and 20th century political and social history on key themes such as World War I and World War II; Wars and Conflicts; Colonialism, Imperialism and End of Empire; Impact of New Technology and Modernity; Public Health, Conservation and Environmentalism; Social Change; and The Role of Women.”