[SOLUTION] Analyzing Political Cartoons
In the 1890s, political cartoons provided important commentary on the major economic, political, and social issues of the day. Cartoon artists employed symbolism, exaggeration, labeling, analogy, and irony to express their viewpoints. Understanding the historical context of a cartoon, and then analyzing that cartoon, can deepen our historical understanding of how people in the past experienced and thought about what was going on around them, in this case, we see how issues around American Imperialism were portrayed in popular culture.Cartoon Choice 2: School BeginsClosely read all the sections of the course textbook Chapters 4, 5, and 6 which cover U.S. imperialism in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines.Complete the Analyzing Primary Sources activity located in Chapter 4, Section 3 of the course textbook. It is very important to complete this activity, which is found under the section on Yellow Journalism. Please note you will not be able to view this on some devices andwill need to use a computer.To gain a deeper understanding of the historical context of the cartoon, read the following scholarly secondary source: Attached.After reading the assigned chapters and sections of the course textbook, completing the activity, and reading the relevant scholarly secondary source, answer the following items:Explain the character(s) in the cartoon.Describe the symbols and actions the artist employs in the cartoon.Utilize your textbook and secondary source to describe the historical context for your chosen cartoon.Explain the historical events beingreferenced in the cartoon.Analyze how the United States expanded its power and reach during these events.
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