Explain any exaggerations you see in the political cartoon. what do these caricatures represent? explain how you know this. who is the bringer of “liberty & civilization” in this cartoon & how is this person bringing these things? what does this say about the circumstances required to bring “liberty & civilization” to the types of places depicted in this cartoon? what is the message of this cartoon? what is the cartoonist saying about the united states? based upon the message of this cartoonist, is this cartoonist in favor or opposed to u. s. imperialism? explain how you arrived at this conclusion.
The political cartoon entitled "He Wouldn't Take it Any Other Way" by Victor Gillam shows the exaggeration that Filipinos were savage-like creatures, unaware of civilization, and lived a rather outdated lifestyle similar to the Native-Americans. Another exaggeration in this comic is the paper at the end of the knife pointing towards the Filipino man reading:
'Liberty and Civilization'
which basically represents the Americans' view of the Filipinos being reluctant to accept the United States' offers of "liberty and civilization" which they forced upon the Filipinos to accept, anyway.
The "bringer" of "Liberty & Civilization" is depicted as the United States (drawn by an American at the time). The bringer seems to be using force and threatens the Filipino with a knife. This demonstrates how the United States will go as far as threatening those of the land which they are trying to posses.
The message of this cartoon is somewhat biased, however it could be depicted as something along the lines of the following:
- The Filipinos were underdeveloped people who were reluctant to accept the offers of the willing Americans, and the only way they'd accept is if the Americans threatened them.
- The Philippines were possessed by the United States and, willing to improve and maintain their territory, were reluctant about accepting what the U.S. has to offer.
The message of the cartoonist seems to lean towards the first message, and that the United States only wanted to help the Philippines.
Obviously, with the cartoonist's message in mind, they are in favor of U.S. imperialism, as the expansion of U.S. territory out of boundaries is no problem, even if those of the territory are reluctant towards the idea.
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it was the first amendment