Cold War: Pro
Intended Audience: American citizens
Purpose: To advocate for Mccarthyism (which was an anti-communist movement initiated by Joseph McCarthy, he started investigating people who had possible communist ties). The political cartoon shows what America would become if citizens did not follow McCarthyism and succumbed to communism.
Author’s Point of View: To promote the need violating basic rights (freedom of speech, freedom of the press, etc.) in order to protect America. Pro-restrictions of civil liberties.
World War 1
Intended Audience: American Women, men, and kids (country as a whole)
Purpose: The purpose of this document/ political cartoon is to encourage Americans to support / participate in war actions.
Author’s Point of View: America is not taking necessary action. People need to "wake up" and realize what is going on around them, the war. The author feels that American women, children, and men, have the ability and opportunity to make a difference in the war. He/ she wishes to make this known.
Cold War con
Intended Audience: The American population
Purpose: The purpose of this political cartoon is to describe the relationship between the United States and Russia during Richard Nixon’s presidency. Nixon began a policy known as detente, which aimed to ease tension between the United States and other communist countries such as China, Russia, and Germany.
Author’s Point of View: The author believes that although the Russian people are being oppressed by their government, the best way to proceed by the United States would be to pacify uneasiness and combine hands with the Soviet Union. Although Russian citizens are experiencing terrible conditions, it is better for America to take a step back and not intervene in Russia’s political and social affairs.
World War 1
Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen
What passing-bells for those who die like cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
Intended Audience: American Citizens
Purpose: The purpose of this poem is to convince Americans that war is not necessary. It shows the horrifying reality of war for soldiers and declares that the bloodshed and death should be avoided.
Author’s Point of View: The author, Wilfred Owen, believes that war is tragedy and the death of soldiers is the only thing that will be achieved through war. He implores Americans to look at the reality of war and understand the consequences not only for these soldiers, but also for their loved ones and their families.