Questions: The Big Stick In The Caribbean Sea

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A) “The big stick in the Caribbean sea”
1. What is the image conveying? How does the image convey such ideas/information? The image is conveying an illustration of Theodore Roosevelt with his expansion and enforcement of the Monroe Doctrine. Roosevelt once famously said, “Speak softly, and carry a big stick” regarding his attitude on foreign policy. The Monroe Doctrine was a U.S. foreign policy aiming to dominate the entire American continent in the 1820s. It gave the U.S. to allow military force if the Europeans were to invade either North or South America, but was never totally enforced. President Roosevelt sought to “secure commercial independence of the Americas.” He is pulling behind him his “list” of items to complete before his return
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What is the image conveying? How does the image convey such ideas/information? This cartoon portrays a massive Uncle Sam being tailored a new outfit by President McKinley from “McKinley and Company National Tailors”. On Uncle Sam’s trousers in the pattern of an American flag’s stripes are “Texas, Louisiana Purchase, Alaska, Florida, California, Hawaii, and Porto Rico”. Behind McKinley on a table, are rolls of fabric labeled “Rational Expansion, Foreign Policy, and Enlightened”. At the front entryway inside the tailor shop stands Carl Schurz, Joseph Pulitzer, and Oswald Ottendorfer. Schurz is attempting to entice Uncle Sam to taste his “Anti-Expansion Policy” medicine.
2. What are the implications of the main figures of the cartoon? Are they fat, thin, short, tall, angry, happy, etc? What about race or color? Are those part of the image? What is the purpose of those attributes to communicate an idea? The main figure, Uncle Sam, is portrayed as an obese man. He is tall, almost twice the size of the four other men, and is wearing an evil smirk on his face. The cartoonist portrays him as a big man is to show his power and dominance over the other men. His fancy, patriotic clothes make him look wealthy and politically
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They attempted to lobby other anti-imperialists for a third-party candidate for president. These men were prominent figures in media, some running national newspapers. Most America did agree with McKinley’s expansion, but, because of yellow journalism, readera were often fed “watered-down” information that did not fully describe the details of expanding the U.S.
C) “A True American Rough Rider”
1. What is the image conveying? How does the image convey such ideas/information? This image depicts President Theodore Roosevelt in his Rough Riders uniform galloping on his horse across Central and South America defending the Monroe Doctrine. In the ocean water by his horses’ feet are European political figures attempting to escape the crusade of the President. On top of the American flag, is a small banner that reads “Europe take notice. Keep off American soil.” 2. What are the implications of the main figures of the cartoon? Are they fat, thin, short, tall, angry, happy, etc? What about race or color? Are those part of the image? What is the purpose of those attributes to communicate an idea? Roosevelt is depicted as an extremely masculine man. Both he and his horse are decorated in fancy patriotic attire. The Europeans are dressed in red jackets and are quite plump and

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