Civil Rights Movement Project

Extra Credit - Madison Ligh

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Author's Message - Cartoon

The author's message in the cartoon shows how people of both races were brutally forced, and rushed into the situation. The title, "Brotherhood by Bayonet," explains the image. It's saying they're being forced to be together, such as through the force of the "bayonet." The soldiers shoving the two children together and saying "Start loving each other. That's an order," also shows how their interaction is through force.

Author's Message - Photo

The author's message in the photo also shows how they're forced into the situation. Another message in the photo, shows the harassment the people underwent during the Civil Rights Movement. The many people in the back yelling, pointing, and giving looks, show their disapproval of the situation, while also showing the discrimination during the time. The people look at her like she's a monster, and while the rights have been given, it's still forced, as shown by the reactions of the people and the soldiers in the background.


One similarity is how they both showed a struggle during the time, and how it was forced. In the photo, it's clear the situation is forced, from the harassment which shows how no one wants to be in the situation. The cartoon clearly shows this by the title, the soldiers shoving the children together, and forcing the two races to coincide without judgement.

Another similarity between the two images, besides the obvious, as there's two different races, is the military presence. Although it is more obvious in the cartoon (the soldiers pushing the children together), in the far background of the photo, there are a few military officers among the people. This also adds to the enforcement of the situation.


One difference, is while the photo shows more of what's actually going on, the cartoon is a more direct representation of the forced circumstances. The photo uses actual people to show what was going on; the pointing, discrimination, and how no one wanted to be in the situation. In contrast, the cartoon more clearly states its meaning; using its image to show how the circumstances were very forced.

Another difference is how the cartoon mainly focuses on the enforcement of the Civil Rights Movement, while the photo mainly focuses on the harassment, judgement, and discrimination during the time. The three components of the cartoon (the title, photo, and quote), all add to the people being in the situation, when they didn't want to. The photo mainly shows the discrimination taking place, with the pointing and the looks given.