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  1. Puck was the first successful humor magazine in the United States, one filled with colorful cartoons, caricatures and political satire on the issues of the day. It was published from 1871 until 1918. This cover from the April 6, 1901, edition shows Columbia (a historical and poetic name used for the United States) wearing a warship named World Power as her Easter bonnet. Teddy Roosevelt, who was President at the time, had imperial ambitions for America, ones most recently manifested in what Americans call the Spanish American war. At this time an independence movement was attempting, unsuccessfully, to oust the United States from the Philippines. The United States put that rebellion down in an especially brutal and thuggish manner, but that’s part of the history most Americans never learned.

    You can find out more about this here. It’s worth noting that American military operations in the countryside often included scorched earth campaigns in which entire villages were destroyed; the use of torture, including water boarding; and the concentration of civilians into “protected zones”. In November 1901, the Manila correspondent of the Philadelphia Ledger wrote: “The present war is no bloodless, opera bouffe engagement; our men have been relentless, have killed to exterminate men, women, children, prisoners and captives, active insurgents and suspected people from lads of ten up, the idea prevailing that the Filipino as such was little better than a dog …”

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