1899 cartoon depicting Uncle Sam educating the “uncivilized” nations of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines.
An interesting cartoon created after the Spanish American War and at the beginning of America’s global ambitions. The racial prejudice’s illustrated depict what was called "The White Mans Burden”, the belief that it was the duty of white European and American society to civilize and Christianize the rest of the world, even by force if necessary. Note the racial attitudes being shown by the cartoon, with people of color being depicted as crude caricatures and stereotypes. In the background are an American Indian holding a book upside down, a Chinese boy at the door, and a black boy cleaning a window. The other white children depicted represent US States. Originally published on p. 8-9 of the January 25, 1899 issue of Puck Magazine.
Written on the blackboard: “The consent of the governed is a good thing in theory, but very rare in fact. — England has governed her colonies whether they consented or not. By not waiting for their consent she has greatly advanced the world’s civilization. — The U.S. must govern its new territories with or without their consent until they can govern themselves.”
Caption: ”School Begins. Uncle Sam (to his new class in Civilization): Now, children, you’ve got to learn these lessons whether you want to or not! But just take a look at the class ahead of you, and remember that, in a little while, you will feel as glad to be here as they are!”