Topic: Imperialism and Political Cartoons Discussion

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to better understand American imperialism around the turn of the twentieth century, including the rationale behind it and public perception of the events that transpired.

• Skills: The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in this course and in professional life beyond school:
o Chronological reasoning.
o Contextualization.
o Analyzing claims and evidence in sources.
o Argumentative writing.

• Knowledge: By doing this assignment, you will become more familiar with both the facts of American imperialism in the 1890s-1910s and differing views about imperialism at the time.

Task:
• First, listen to how a more experienced historian interprets political cartoons. Go to this link (http://historymatters.gmu.edu/mse/sia/cartoon.htm). Read the first page, then click on the link at the bottom of the page (“Now see how historian Michael O’Malley interprets it.). Listen to each of the audio segments on the second page.

• Second, using some of the tools that O’Malley outlines, examine your cartoon closely: https://hti.osu.edu/opper/lesson-plans/american-imperialism/images/this-encounter

• Third, create an original discussion post in which you
1) offer a one-paragraph response analyzing the cartoon, using some of the tools O’Malley offers. Discuss the artist’s position on imperialism and what in the cartoon led you to that conclusion.
2) In a second paragraph, discuss how supporters of American expansionism rationalized their position. Also discuss what ideological, economic, or other factors of the era encouraged American imperialism. You should identify at least three key ways/reasons supporters rationalized imperialism.

Criteria: You will be successful in this assignment if you:
• (a) faithfully interpret the cartoon using tools explained by O’Malley;
• (b) successfully identify and thoroughly explain at least three key ways/reasons supporters rationalized imperialism;
• (c) link historical examples of proposed or enacted imperialism explicitly to those reasons and/or the cartoon you analyze; and
• (d) engage your peers critically by referring to additional and specific evidence from the cartoon and/or textbook.

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