Unformatted text preview: e has served as a concept government. The Symbol of Uncle Sam represents for the citizens of America their of the United States as a country in the perception of the rest of the world. government and establishes their relationship towards it. This figure represents, comprises When portrayed in this boundary formation context within the United States, he often served American values by its denotative qualities, which are the stars and stripes, the attributes of as representation of their relationship towards the other countries, especially those with which American flag. The figure of Uncle Sam therefore often displayed, together with the flag, on were United States involved with. different occasions where Americans show their patriotism and belonging to the American The concept of Uncle Sam as representation of the United States as a country in the nation expressing their loyalty towards the government. Alton Ketchum found in his research perception of the rest of the world can be also illustrated by the BBC interviews with the “the earliest known use of the term ‘Uncle Sam’ in print was in a broadside which gives European WW2 veterans who when talked about the United States used the term Uncle Sam. evidence of having been printed in the spring of 1813. Under the crude woodcuts are two “It happened at the time when allied forces including Uncle Sam, were helping us the Brits, mentions of Uncle Sam. One is in doggerel under the cartoon of ‘Bonapart’- If Uncle Sam driving the Burma campaign as they had previously done at the time of the North African needs, I’ll be glad to assist him” (Ketchum 23). This supports the citizens-government landings in 1942. Or as the other veteran says: “They would give away - or sell for a pittance- relationship representation. The most significant representation of Uncle Sam as the many of the items of personal equipment and apparel provided by Uncle Sam. government of United States is the famous recruiting poster from WWI painted by James The projection of the global perspective of Uncle Sam is illustrated by Jim Zwick right Montgomery Flagg. (figure 1) at its beginning, during the first expansionist era. “Portrayed as straddling the world or bloated Jim Zwick comments on a poster web page mastered by him (http://www.boondocksnet.com/ with the world in his stomach, Uncle Sam's image changed to reflect the country's new status gallery/us_091100a.html ) that, as a world power with overseas colonies. Later interventions in Panama's revolution for Probably no image from World War I is more familiar in the United States today than independence from Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, and other areas also led to modified James Montgomery Flagg's recruiting poster featuring a pointing Uncle Sam and the interpretations of Uncle Sam's role, now as a guardian of the Western Hemisphere or a global slogan "I Want You for the U.S. Army." Widespread use of the poster during World policeman wielding his army and navy as a "big stick." (Jim Zwick). ) This guardian role War I and World War II made Flagg's Uncle Sam the definitive image of the American towards rest of the world (some foreign countries in this case) is illustrated in (figures 2-3). icon throughout most of the twentieth century. A popular book and magazine
illustrator whose work had appeared in Life, Judge, and other illustrated magazines,
Flagg also created the artwork for other posters used during the war, several of which
are included here.(Zwick) 29 30...
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