Imperialism Cartoons Vs. Japanese Imperialism

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Imperialism Cartoon Paper
During the late nineteenth century, the United States and Japan joined European nations to become an imperial power. Their ultimate goal was to influence other areas around the world for their own benefit, interest, and advancement. Countries become imperialistic for various reasons such as economics (secure markets), military power (excessive force and control), and political reasons (nationalism). In order to extend their power, they used these three main components to their advantage essentially to imperialize as many nations as possible. Morality was used to justify or excuse the actions and behaviors of imperialists. The process was certainly not tranquil nor was it approved of by all Americans. As a result, a debate of those who were in favor compared to those who were against it, led to the display of cartoons and poems that helped to illustrate the debate of imperialism. Two political cartoon images that will be analyzed include a pro imperialism depiction, “Uncle Sam’s New Class in the Art of Self-Government”, from (Harper’s Weekly, 1898) and an anti-imperialism depiction, “Fun for the Boys”, from (Life, 1900) that both demonstrated this debate. While many Americans denounced the act of imperialism, many others advocated it. The focal point of these images was to capture viewers’ attention in which the artist’s main objective was to get viewers to agree with their outlook of imperialism.
The first image, titled “Uncle Sam’s New Class in…
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