School Begins Cartoon Analysis

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The United States after the Spanish-American War became progressively involved in International politics, predominantly in Latin America. The conflicts and territorial issues that came with this involvement pressed Americans to confront imperial ideology (19). Americans had explicit beliefs that the United States had an obligation to expand and it was their part to guide other countries into government and self-democracy. While examining the “School Begins” cartoon, it is clear to see that the cartoon in all gives an insightful illustration of that imperial ideology. Porto Rico, Hawaii, Cuba, and the Philippines, represented by the four students in the cartoon, are the territories American’s began to turn their attention to. By the exaggeration
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