About American Scraps

A Stalwart Heritage

When it comes to smoke-billowing industrial factories that operate ceaselessly to take in scrapped artifacts from American history and convert them into comic strips, there’s just one name you can really trust: American Scraps.™ For generations, we’ve not just talked the talk of archival scrap dumping: we’ve got the comics to show for it.

A Proven Process

Acting as a central repository for historical-archival junk, we intake our source scraps (A) and tirelessly set to work converting them via our Primary Processing Facility (B) into comics worthy of your readership. From there, our Electronic Distribution Channel (C) brings them to you.

The Steady Hand of Leadership

In the final analysis, it’s not enough to build an industrial educational-comic-strip empire on clanking factories alone—you need vision. And it’s vision that our steadfast, capable, spry, nonagenarian, nepotism-installed, Brylcreem-odored, blatantly grifting, coldly unfeeling taskmaster of a founder and proprietor—J.P. “Jon” White—delivers each day.

A Note on Sources

The American Scraps Executive Reference Library

Every American Scraps comic strip cites, links-to, and—where possible—displays a preview of its source artifact. These artifacts are all from public-domain, royalty-free sources, and are appropriate for use in the classroom. Most American Scraps sources come from The National Archives And Records Administration (NARA), whose “Today’s Document” feature was the original inspiration, in 2010, for this whole enterprise. (On a personal note, I’m grateful to NARA for the invaluable work they have done, and continue to do.)

For ease of use in the classroom—specifically grades 5–12—American Scraps organizes its material according to UCLA’s National Standards for History Basic Edition (1996), as you can see in those ten “Historical Eras” above. Learn more about the National Center for History in the Schools here.

If you’re a teacher and are using American Scraps in the classroom, I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line at jon@americanscraps.com.

A Note on Theft

The original art you see here on American Scraps is copyrighted, and reproduction of it is prohibited without written approval.

In other words, unless I’ve told you otherwise: Don’t save or screenshot these comics for use in your own post, tweet, slideshow, or embed. Don’t “remix” or “aggregate” them. Don’t reproduce them, even in an appreciative way. Don’t sell them. Don’t drop them into a listicle called “15 Comic GIFs That Tell The Story Of American History (And You Won’t Believe #8!)”.

Instead, contact me at jon@americanscraps.com and let’s talk about your idea.

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