“Modern Colossus of (Rail) Roads”Cornelius Vanderbilt, known as the “Commodore,” accumulated one of America’s greatfortunes by consolidating several large railroad companies under his control in the1860’s. His name became a synonym not only for enormous wealth, but also (in theeyes of many Americans) for excessive corporate power - as suggested in this cartoon,showing him standing astride his empire and manipulating its parts.
1. Who is the intended audience for this image?
The intended audience is the American citizens due to the fact that it is bias about the railroads.
2. What do you think were the artist’s goals?
The artist’s goals was to show that Vanderbilt is the ruler of all the railroads and because of this he has government officals “clinging” to him. 3. To which theme of this chapter does this image relate and why?