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  1. Jun 2016
    1. The first image on the page portrays an angry beast holding a woman in danger and the words "Destroy This Mad Brute" at the top. The hat that this "Brute" is wearing is labeled Militarism which is defined as the policy of maintaining a large military establishment (Dictionary.com). This propaganda poster was most likely published in the US attempting to recruit men into the army for World War 2. The Brute is representing the German army that has now stepped on to American soil and is looking to bring the war to the US. This image was created by pro-war advocates who thought that if the US stayed out of the war that they were in danger of letting a "Brute" have its way with the world. It is interesting to note that this beast that appears in this image is the same one depicted in the propaganda for the Spanish-American war. American propaganda images have a tendency to portray the enemy as a large violent beast that is looking to hurt Americans.

    2. I would like to make an observation of the purpose of the second poster which says "Enlist". This image is propaganda most likely coming from the American side urging men to enlist for the world war 1. This image depicts a mother clutching her baby, both are submerged under water. This drowning was likely caused by the sinking of the leusitania, which was "a British passenger ship sailing off the coast of Ireland"(Keene 597). This ship was destroyed by a German U-boat who claimed that the ship was carrying explosives. This image, by Fred Spear, has a feeling of vengeance attached to it. The men that it intended to inspire will feel like they need to fight for the lost lives of the Americans that were on the Luisitania.

    1. Chapter 18's opening image is a great introduction to reform movements that started the the Gilded Age. As you can see this building has caught on fire and there are many people who probably died in that building. Urban cities were growing by the late 1800's and the regulations for city building were not up to date, really mostly nothing was regulated the way it is today. This building has no fire escape and there most likely wasn't a plan instilled in case of fire. Also, there looks to some police officers and fire fighters that are coming to the rescue but I am sure that these departments are new. These departments were a part of the new ideas presented in the Gilded Age. Many people died in building fires during the late 1800's and the Gilded Age was the start of new reforms to try and make urban cities safer for their citizens.

    1. Image 16.5 (top image) is a political cartoon inferring the influence that big corporate monopolies had on the House of Senators. The trust are represented as bigger men in suits that really have a big presence in the room. The Senate look as if they have no power in the room which is how the government was run in America during the industrial revolution. The rise of industrial companies created such a large influx of money to the American economy and gave these "captains of industry" a lot of power in the decision making of the government. As you can see the entrance for people to come into the House of the Senate is closed and therefore implying that citizens really had no say in government because they monopolists have really taken all the room. These monopolists made sure that government decision making was positively affecting their companies and making them more money.

    1. The image on the left is obviously drawn by a pro imperialist because it depicts the Philippine independence as an ugly, ignorant and uneducated person. America, portrayed by Uncle Sam, appears to be a good caretaker of the Philippines as to suggest that taking control over their country would wind up giving them civilizationg and education. The image on the right was probably drawn by a anti-imperialist because of how the new territories of the United States look uneasy with the teachings of Uncle Sam. Also the other non american countries look like they have not achieved since being "taught" by Uncle Sam. They are working bad jobs, uneducated and not allowed inside the school. The artist who drew this portrayed this as a precaution to the 4 new territories of the U.S because they might want to think twice about letting America have control over them.

    1. The image on the right shows how the African americans struggled to move to the north during slavery. The image shows a lonely slave in a dark and meek place probably trying to escape from his compound. However, on the right you can see African Americans rejoicing together as exodusters they are able to move north away from the racist south.