October 23, 2019

Featured Source: Strong-Weak Government

Wales, James Albert. "The "Strong" government 1869-1877--The "weak" government 1877-1881." 1880.

Wales, James Albert. “The “Strong” government 1869-1877–The “weak” government 1877-1881.” 1880.

Zoom into a more detailed image of this cartoon. Using only the details from the cartoon, what main point do you think the cartoonist was trying to make. For help reading cartoons, review It’s No Laughing Matter. Then review the cartoon’s bibliographic record and this definition of carpetbagger. What insights into this cartoon does this new information provide you with? What questions do you still have?

Compare and contrast this cartoon with this sheet music from 1868. Explain how you think each creator would respond to the other’s source.

Look for a contemporary political cartoon that represents two sides of an issue. Describe the point the cartoonist was trying to make. Then try your hand at creating a political cartoon that represents two sides of another issue.

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

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