One hundred and fifty years ago, the United States purchased Alaska from the Czar of Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
Settlers were granted citizenship, but the native peoples of Alaska were not. Despite being the true owners, they got nothing.
Americans in 1867 read about the transaction in their newspapers, but their political cartoonists gave them more to think about. They predicted ridiculous expense for taxpayers, bizarre difficulties, and that only a few would profit.
Recently, I was invited to take part in an exhibition about the Alaska Purchase and its effects.
I wondered, if I could time-travel back to 1867, what cartoon would I submit?