’Who Stole the People’s Money?' – Do Tell is part of a larger cartoon – “Two Great Questions” – by American caricaturist Thomas Nast and was first published in Harper’s Weekly in August 1871. The cartoon addresses one of Nast’s favorite subjects, the Tammany Ring, and highlights accusations that the Ring had pilfered public money in the form of inflated payments for government contracts, kickbacks to government officials, and extortion.
The download includes the following:
1. A PowerPoint - complete with discussion notes for each slide - that teachers can use to lead students through the cartoon.
2. An introductory paragraph that describes the circumstances behind the cartoon.
3. A full-size picture of the cartoon, allowing students to label as instructed.
4. A graphic organizer that assists students in identifying different parts of the cartoon, analyzing symbols, and determining the meaning of the cartoon.
5. A series of questions based on the political cartoon.
6. An answer key.
For those seeking distance learning options, the assignment associated with the cartoon can be readily converted to a digital activity using Google Slides.
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