The question for this discussion is on the first page of your reading. It is also copied below for your convenience.
BEFORE YOU READ AND EVALUATE THE NEXT 6 PAGES:
Follow the grading guidelines for discussion boards.
As you read Walker’s essay, notice words and ideas he projects. Consider implied subtexts of words and phrases he uses.
As you view the editorial cartoons notice words, ideas, and underlying meanings included in some of the cartoons. Think of the messages the artist/author intended to project through the caricatures and representative images.
Consider the effects that media can have on the national psyche toward specific group identities.
DISCUSSION OVER THE NEXT 6 PAGES:
Given the historical context and the subject matter of these pieces, briefly discuss each of the following three questions as they are organized, using 3-5 sentences for each question. Post to the discussion board, and don’t forget to reply to two other posts:
What effects would media articles and images such as these have on national beliefs and government policies regarding immigrants at this period of time (1870s-1890s)?
Why would immigrants such as Byron Yee’s father and uncle continue to persevere, day after day, in the face of open resentment, hate, and anger that was being reflected nationally?
How might the word “American,” as interpreted by the writers and cartoonists in these readings, differ from Byron Yee’s interpretation of “American?”
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