Representations of US Imperial Expansion

In consolidating my dissertation research, I re-discovered several cartoons equating imperial expansion with Uncle Sam’s increasing large-ness (not to be conflated with largess, all the puns intended):

"Uncle Sam's Not the Only Expansionist on the Bench," Clifford K. Berryman, 20 December 1898

“Uncle Sam’s Not the Only Expansionist on the Bench,” Clifford K. Berryman, 20 December 1898 (figure on the right is Henry Watterson)

"Uncle Sam: Too late, my boys I've already expanded," Clifford K. Berryman, 14 September 1899

“Uncle Sam: Too late, my boys I’ve already expanded,” Clifford K. Berryman, 14 September 1899

Peter Gries explains the cartoon above in "The Politics of American Foreign Policy: How Ideology Divides Liberals and Conservatives Over Foreign Affairs"

Peter Gries explains Berryman’s cartoon in “The Politics of American Foreign Policy: How Ideology Divides Liberals and Conservatives Over Foreign Affairs” (2014)

Cigar box Uncle Sam is getting pretty big for his britches.

Cigar box Uncle Sam is getting pretty big for his britches.

"Declined with thanks," J.S. Pughe, Puck, 5 September 1900

“Declined with thanks,” J.S. Pughe, Puck, 5 September 1900

“A lesson for anti-expansionists: showing how Uncle Sam has been an expansion first, last, and all the time,” Victor Gillam, Judge, 1899

“A lesson for anti-expansionists: showing how Uncle Sam has been an expansion first, last, and all the time,” Victor Gillam, Judge, 1899

LOT 7862, Library of Congress

LOT 7862, Library of Congress

"Now, will he let go?" Walter McDougall, New York Evening Journal

“Now, will he let go?” Walter McDougall, New York Evening Journal

“1776, 1830, 1867, 1898, ?” Life, 26 January 1899, in "Barbaric Intercourse" by Martha Banta (2003, page 211)

“1776, 1830, 1867, 1898, ?” Life, 26 January 1899, as seen in Barbaric Intercourse by Martha Banta (2003, page 211)

Next up, we’ll have a look at versions of greed, expansion, and imperialism featuring Canada, the UK, and the US and the UK working together.

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