Since the publication of the very first newspapers, political cartoons have been used to express ideas and opinions about important issues in the news. These cartoons allowed people in the U.S. (even those who could not read or understand English very well) to gain an understanding of how others felt about the important issues of the day. Historically, they were also used as a way to insult or stir up hatred against people who were considered by some to be “Un-American” because of where they were born or what they looked like.
Click on the links below to explore political cartoons addressing the issue of immigration in the U.S. Compare the anti-immigration cartoons of last century with those from today that address the issue of immigration. Use the information from these sites to complete the worksheet on political cartoons and to post a ONE PARAGRAPH comment using the writing prompts below. Remember to follow the steps for posting comments listed in the “…welcome to the blogosphere” post below.
How would you compare the political cartoons from one hundred years ago with the cartoons from today? What is the difference in the way that immigrants were drawn in the past compared to how they’re drawn today? Who did the cartoonists from the 1800s appear to be blaming for the immigration issue? Who do they appear to be blaming today? Why do you think that people like the Irish and the Italians who were treated so badly in the past are no longer discriminated against in the U.S. today?