As persistent readers may have gathered, I’m mildly fixated on national representations. We’ve already seen John Bull sharing his tandem bicycle with Uncle Sam, and we’ve seen the US tell John Bull to mind his own business. Here are three cartoons showing John Bull making way for (and encouraging) Uncle Sam in a legacy of colonialism and imperial consumption:
Uncle Sam’s Temptation [to try John Bull’s menu of “conquest & foreign aggression” rather than his own “anti-annexation broth” & Monroe Doctrine,” Clifford Berryman, c. 1898.
“Accepting the Monroe Doctrine: John Bull gratefully admits that Uncle Sam is the proper custodian of the Western Hemisphere.” Homer Davenport, Review of Reviews, January 1902, as seen in Latin America in Caricature by John J. Johnson (page 37).
From “Caricatures and cartoons published during the Spanish-American war, 1898” (LOT 7862), US Library of Congress.
This wraps up the posts about the US and UK / Uncle Sam and John Bull (for now!) so we can move on to Canada (my favo[u]rite)!
For further reading (and images!), check out the US Library of Congress exhibit “John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations.”
– Part I: Representations of the US & UK
– Part II: Representations of UK & US Cooperation
– Part IV: John & Jonathan, BFFFL
– Part V: John Bull & Uncle Sam, Frenemies