The Rise of Democratic Ideals “Giant Steps for Humanity” 1. Explain the meaning of the cartoon’s title and caption. 2. Explain the overall message of the cartoon. 3. Imagine you are either standing in the swamp or on the top of the stair case. Write three sentences describing your perspective from where you are standing. “Democracy is both a blessing and a curse.” How would you support both sides of this statement? Tasks Write an introductory paragraph that provides historical background. Write a thesis statement which takes a clear historical position at the end of your introductory paragraph. After writing the introduction, write three topic sentences that support your thesis.