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Philippine-American War Political Cartoons | Stanford History Education Group
Why did the United States annex the Philippines after the Spanish-American War? For some Americans, imperialist expansion was a moral duty and necessary for America to achieve maturity as a nation. For other Americans, imperialist expansion was dangerous, immoral, and racist. With this free lesson plan, students examine how advocates and critics used political cartoons to express their positions on annexation. Try it in your classroom!
I will Paint the Town Red: 1885
This cartoon shows 'Democracy' portrayed as the devil holding a bucket labeled 'Bourbon Principles.' A profile caricature of Grover Cleveland appears in the paint brush. The Devil overlooks Washington, D.C., proclaiming he will 'paint the town red.' Illustrated by Grant E. Hamilton in 1885.