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Running head: Interpreting Political Cartoons1Interpreting Political Cartoons Yvonne Martin Ashford UniversityInstructor: Lisa EmersonMay 30, 2017
Interpreting Political Cartoons2Week Two AssignmentWhat character(s) are in the cartoon:In the cartoon we see Uncle Sam, the recently acquired territories of the Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam. We also see the various states, a Chinese American, a Native American, and an African American.What symbols and actions does the artist employ in the cartoon:The cartoon uses the symbolism of a classroom in which Uncle Sam, or America, is the teacher. The Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam are identified using labelling, are portrayed using racist exaggeration, and are depicted as bad students who Uncle Sam is in the process of punishing them. The American states are also identified using labelling, and are portrayed as well behaved white students; the white students are portrayed without racist exaggeration of their features. An African American is depicted cleaning the windows; racist