Women's Suffrage Illustration
Directions: Examine the photograph, source information, and background information to answer the questions below.
Two's company three's a crowd! Udo Keppler Illustration
This illustrated commentary on the political opposition faced by women suffragists was originally printed in 1914.
Title: "Two's Company Three's A Crowd"
Artist: Udo Keppler
Originally printed: Puck, v. 75, no. 1930 (1914 February 28)
Evaluate this illustration to determine the artist's perspective on women obtaining voting rights.
Examine the artist's use of light, labels, and objects to identify the sociopolitical challenges women faced.
Students must apply what they have learned about the fight for women's voting rights and the sociopolitical climate of the era. Students will use historical thinking skills: sourcing, contextualizing and close reading.
Question 1: Students will be able to evaluate and recognize that the artist is sympathetic to the fight for women's voting rights.
Question 2: Upon examination students will be able to contrast the dark room, in which the shady political characters reside, with the light revealed by the female heroine wearing a 'votes for women banner' and carrying 'the ballot'. The labels 'honest graft' and 'political boss' are claims by the artist regarding the integrity of the politicians. While the 'political boss' clutches the 'corruption fund', the artist created a locked safe in the dark room, as well. The 'honest graft' knocks down his waste basket full of papers as he erupts in fear.
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