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Political Cartoon Analysis

Directions

After your teacher puts you into either group A or group B, move to join other students in that group.  Together with the other members of your A or B group, analyze one the cartoons below in terms of its meaning related to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and Korematsu v. United States.  Your group should discuss the following questions:

  1. What do you see in the cartoon? Make a list. Include objects, people, and any characteristics that seem to be exaggerated.
  2. Which of the items on the list from Question 1 are symbols? What does each symbol stand for?
  3. What is happening in the cartoon?
  4. What is the cartoonist's message?
  5. Do you agree or disagree with the message? Explain your answer.
  6. If you were a cartoonist who held the opposite point of view that this one, what would your cartoon look like?  What images, symbols, and messages would it have?

After your group has answered the questions above, split and partner with someone who analyzed the other cartoon.  Show your new partner the cartoon you considered and discuss your reflections about it.

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