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Propaganda- a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

Uses of Propaganda

Propaganda is commonly used by the media. The media uses propaganda to publicize a certain issue. The media can take two sides, a positive or negative side. For example, if the U.S. wants to go to war with the Germans, the media will make the U.S. soldiers look like heros and the German soldiers look barbaric. When the media does this, it is often analyzed as a political cartoon. More common uses of propaganda are to boost the image of a certain product or company over another competing product or company. The artists usually display their views through the use of images with words tagged along in them. The picture may have a caption or two to clarify what the author is trying to state. Also, the artists who make these propaganda images often blow them out of proportion by favoring one side over the other.

In this particular cartoon, the use of propaganda is demonstrated by showing how people have to rise up against Hitler and Emperor Shōwa (A.K.A. Hirohito). Hitler was looking for total world domination, and for the most part only Germans and anti-sematic people agreed with his values. This cartoon shows Hitler with his gun and Hirohito with a bloody knife.  The United States has red marks on it and the caption, "Our homes are in danger now!", indicating that the Nazis and Japanese are targeting the United States. The purpose of this political cartoon (as shown in the bottom right corner) is to encourage women to do their part by working in the factories to provide the army, navy, and air force with ammunition and machines. 

This image demonstrates the cold war, and how there was a stalemate between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in a race for arms. In many cases, their are more than one version of a political cartoon that give slightly different meanings.

Like the political cartoon above, this cartoon deals with the cold war. It show how the United States and Soviet Russia must establish their differences and make peace, or else a nuclear fallout will occur.

Certain political cartoons are straight forward and direct. For example, this political cartoon shows how the U.S. economy fell drastically. It also shows how president Barrack  Obama (the man on the side rail) takes over when this crisis occurs and former president George W. Bush (driver of the truck) and the Republican party (the truck has G.O.P. written on the front) direct the U.S. how to get out of the crisis.

Political cartoons have been around for centuries. The most daring of people who spoke their mind without liberties or freedoms created political cartoons since the 1600's. This cartoon dates back to 1843, when the Irish peasants brought their leader all they could afford. It shows how O'Connell exploits the peasants at the time, and makes the reader pity the peasants.

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