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"Watch Your Step," 1914

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The source is a political cartoon with a message about America’s stance on neutrality.
Courtesy of Library of Congress, Rogers, W.A., "Watch Your Step," 1914


This political cartoon shows a depiction of Uncle Sam sitting on a rock with the words "strict neutrality" written on the side. Beneath the rock is a circle of bayonets surrounding the rock. 

Source-Dependent Questions

  • How did the cartoonist respond to the neutral stance of the president? Use evidence from the image.
  • What visual imagery did the cartoonist use to illustrate the difficulty of maintaining strict neutrality? Why do you think he used those items?

Citation Information 

Rogers, W.A., "Watch Your Step," 1914. Courtesy of Library of Congress