Journalism and Political Cartoons during the Spanish-American War

Code AH24
Ages 9 & up
Instructor Bryan Gersbeck
Price $100

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This is a four-session course focusing on the reasons and motivations behind the journalistic approaches and political cartoons of the late 19th century. Students will study the Spanish-American War and the attitudes of people in the U.S. during the crisis. They will discuss and examine quotes, political cartoons, official statements, and propaganda that was used to support or oppose the war against Spain.

What led to the United States declaring war on Spain in April of 1898? With superior naval forces, the United States defeated Spain in a matter of weeks and acquired a majority of its Caribbean and Pacific territories. Students will examine the basis behind the United States’ declaration of war. They will use excerpts from newspapers, official statements, political cartoons, and quotes from the time period in order to understand the ways in which American people received information. They will review the battles that took place and discuss the outcome of the war and its effects on both the citizens of the U.S. and the people in localities that the government took charge of.

Students will learn about some of the important individuals involved in the war, including William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, George Dewey, Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, José Martí, and Annie Oakley.

Live Classes: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 5th to June 26th

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.

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