Let Him Go Mckinley Analysis

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The political cartoon “Let Him Go, McKinley” seemed to portray McKinley as a weak present that did not want America to get involved in other country’s fights. He was elected on his platform enforsing Cuban independence, but when it came time to let Uncle Sam go fight, he tried to remain neutral. This cartoon was made to increase the call to have America fight in The Spanish-American War before the vulture (Spain probably) got to the people. The cartoonist wants President McKinley to let Americans go to war with Spain. The TR stock footage was very interesting to watch. First off, I loved hearing the old reporter voice and old time-y music. Also, the footage of the Rough Riders was pretty neat. When the narrator voice said he “forsaw the struggle …show more content…

It made me wonder what Washington would have thought of imperialism. I think he would agree being prepared for war is sensible, but would he see how denying other countries their independence goes against what the other founding fathers and he fought for? Or would he too be swept up in the idea of racial superiority? Maybe he would just hold a cabinet meeting and let Jefferson and Hamilton argue the matter out. The other thing I noticed in TR’s address was how he said: “In all our history there has never been a time when preparedness for war was any menace to peace.” That statement almost makes me want to laugh, because if only TR knew how preparedness for war would lead to World War I. The “Clip of documentary” video was very fascinating for me to watch, because the early days of filming industry are very intriguing to me. It amazing me that some of the first special effects of battleship fights were made by using models in a water tank. I also thought it was interesting how the end of the video pointed out that the explosion was most likely accidental. Something the Spanish did not likely do was used by movie makers and newspapers to make a big fuss and encourage a

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