Visual Rhetoric for *Bosses of the Senate*:

Published in 1889
(during the start of the
Progressive Era of U.S
 Political Cartoon
 Created by cartoonist
Joseph Keepler who
was known for sharing
the growing power of
The audience would
have been average
Americans who were
not involved in trust.
 The cartoon shows
how trust ideas got all
the way to the
government (federal).
The POV of the
cartoon is that of an
American citizen
looking in from the
other side.
 The intention is to
persuade others to
stay out of trust.
Progressive Presidents
were all about
breaking up trust!
A political cartoon that
is set in a
 A sign hangs over the
room that says, “This is
a Senate of the
monopolist, by the
monopolist, and for
the monopolist.
Monopolist Trust are
portrayed as bloated,
almost reptilian figures
standing over the US
 A sign is over the
“peoples entrance”
that reads, “closed”.
Ethos: The United States
senate is portrayed,
which is an important
part of the government,
being “bullied” to vote in
a “monopolist” view.
Logos: Seeing what is
going on makes some
people maybe stop to
think, “Wait a minute.”
Pathos isn’t portrayed to
a way that is visible to
the viewer.
Brinkley, Alan, American
History. New York, New York:
McGraw-Hill, 2007. Print
Keepler, Joesph. Granger