Visual Rhetoric for *Bosses of the Senate*:

Report
Published in 1889
(during the start of the
Progressive Era of U.S
History.
 Political Cartoon
 Created by cartoonist
Joseph Keepler who
was known for sharing
the growing power of
trust.

The audience would
have been average
Americans who were
not involved in trust.
 The cartoon shows
how trust ideas got all
the way to the
government (federal).

The POV of the
cartoon is that of an
American citizen
looking in from the
other side.
 The intention is to
persuade others to
stay out of trust.
Progressive Presidents
were all about
breaking up trust!

A political cartoon that
is set in a
congressional
gathering.
 A sign hangs over the
room that says, “This is
a Senate of the
monopolist, by the
monopolist, and for
the monopolist.

Monopolist Trust are
portrayed as bloated,
almost reptilian figures
standing over the US
Senate.
 A sign is over the
“peoples entrance”
that reads, “closed”.
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Ethos: The United States
senate is portrayed,
which is an important
part of the government,
being “bullied” to vote in
a “monopolist” view.
Logos: Seeing what is
going on makes some
people maybe stop to
think, “Wait a minute.”
Pathos isn’t portrayed to
a way that is visible to
the viewer.
Sources:
Brinkley, Alan, American
History. New York, New York:
McGraw-Hill, 2007. Print
Keepler, Joesph. Granger
Collection

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