New York State Archives, NYSA_A3167-78A_B7_Appropriation_Pie
"The Appropriation Pie", political cartoon was distributed by the American Union Against Militarism and published on December 11, 1920. In addition to the cartoon is an analysis of U.S. appropriations in 1920 by Dr. Edward B. Rosa of the U.S. Bureau of Standards.
What symbol is used to represent the United States budget? Explain your answer.
What does the woman represent? What is she doing? Explain the significance of her actions.
How does the artist represent the other appropriation categories? Explain how these symbols help the artist convey his point of view.
How does the artist feel about the allocation of U.S. funds? Explain your answer using textual evidence.
How much did the future wars of the 20th century cost the United States? How much do current global conflicts cost the U.S.? How does current war spending compare to the amount suggested for future wars by the artist?
Math: Research the current federal budget. Use the dollar amounts to determine the percentage for each appropriation category present in the budget.
English Language Arts: Research the current appropriation bill under consideration by the House or Senate. Write a letter to your Representative of Senator expressing your support or opposition to the amount of funds being allocated to this category. Be sure to include factual information and sound reasoning for your opinion.