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#8572308 Oct 13, 2013 at 08:28 PM
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Post/embed or link to the OER you are analyzing and then post your rhetorical analysis.

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#8822579 Dec 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM
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This Goes with the discussion that we had online when we looked at WWII posters. I shared this with our Social Studies Teacher.

This poster is encouraging women to join the workforce to support the war efforts, but secondarily it suggests that there are jobs women should only do if there are no men around. This might have been a valid opinion at the time and would not have offendedpeople in the 1940's. But this would never be acceptable today.
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#9624869 Jun 11, 2014 at 05:47 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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purpose/aim: The creator of this image clearly was attempting to influence the cause of the patriots over that of the loyalists during this time in colonial history of the Americas. Clearly the aim is to have the British appear as the aggressors in the events of March 5th, 1770. Given this engraving most likely appeared in a newspaper of the time.

audience (intended, secondary, & tertiary): Be sure to discuss what are the expectations of the audience based on these details. The above graphic most likely appear in a newspaper of the time. Given this fact and the gender roles of the time. The intended audience was most likely educated men. Given the fact that there is a graphic the imagery could also be easily interpreted by those who could not read as well. This would broaden the audience to include a greater population. Newspapers of the time tended to take either a loyalist or patriot point of view. I would believe given the strong imagery depicting the British in such a negative light that this would have been published in a paper with supporting the patriot cause.

subject/topic: The specific topic being covered is the Boston Massacre.

context/setting: The events preceding this event are the increase of taxation upon the colonists by the British Parliament. These taxes are being imposed as a direct result of the cost incurred by the British for the French & Indian War. There is growing resentment at the time over this due to being taxed without representation of the colonies in Parliament. Such images as these became fuel for the fire for the political group, opposing the British regime of the time, the Sons of Liberty.

"The Massacre Perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770, ..." Library of Congress. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2014. <>;.
#10170575 Oct 19, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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On the one hand, this image seems to want to convey the positive idea that we shouldn't dwell on yesterday's mistakes and consequently lose sight of what we should focus on today. Perhaps the image and credit is meant to honor the Native American people. In this context, it is meant to be a proverb to guide the reader's life choices.

On the other hand, in a context of colonialism and imperialism, it could be seen as propaganda that dismisses the need to feel remorse and responsibility for previous persecutions against the Native Americans. From this perspective, it is more of an encouragement to dismiss white-guilt and forget the atrocities of the past.

Since this image was found on flickr, one can assume that the former purpose is probably the most likely authorial intent. It might be different if the image was placed on a blog, on an advertisement, or on a more political venue.

The credit says that the image was created in 2009; to my knowledge there aren't any particular Native American issues being addressed at that time, though further research would be necessary to confirm this. Again, it seems to support the notion that this image is meant to be a general wisdom, rather than a cultural statement.
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