Guided Primary Source Analysis: El Mosquito Americano

El mosquito americano
Posada, José Guadalupe, Antonio Vanegas Arroyo (Firm). “El mosquito americano.” Between 1910 and 1913. Medium: 1 print on yellow colored paper : zinc engraving. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Look closely at the illustration. What can you determine about this broadside from the art? What more do you learn from the summary of this primary source? Do you think the illustration supports the summary? Why or why not?

Look at both the front and back of this broadside. How does each stanza end? Why do you think the creator might have chosen this pattern?

Do you think this broadside literally refers to an insect invasion the United States? Why or why not? Learn more.

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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