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Political Cartoons

Your students have probably seen political cartoons before, but have perhaps never analyzed them. The political cartoon at the bottom of this post appeared in “The Wasp”, a magazine from San Francisco, on February 8th, 1879. You can project it onto a screen, zoom in on the cartoon, and discuss it with your class. Ask the following questions (some of which are taken from the textbook, “Utah: A Journey of Discovery”, pg 179):

What do you think the cartoonist thought of Mormonism?

What does this cartoon tell you about what the country thought about Mormons?

Since Uncle Sam was able to symbolically “kick-out” the Chinese and Mormons, what does the cartoonist think should happen to the others still in the bed?

Political Cartoon: “Uncle Sam’s Troublesome Bedfellows”

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