New York State Archives, NYSA_A0226-78_B3_F2_PublicDuty
A cartoon depicting the need for food during World War I from the Palladium Times in Oswego, June 26, 1918.
What is the “Public Duty” in this cartoon? Explain your answer.
What message is the artist trying to send? Explain your answer.
Who is Augustin McNally? What is his role in the cartoon? Explain your answer.
How does the artist represent the government?
Research the current role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). How does this government institution serve the American people? Compare the FDAs current role to the role of the Food Administration in World War I. How has the influence of this office changed or stayed the same? Explain your answer.
Art: In many ways, environmental conservation has become a “public duty” for Americans today. Design a poster encouraging modern Americans to do their part to protect the environment.
English Language Arts: Write a letter to your senator or representative expressing concern about a specific issue in your community. Explain why the issue is important to you and ways you think the government and members of the community could help solve the problem.
Science: What threats exist today regarding the American food supply? How might the FDA encourage Americans to help with solving these problems?
Gilbert, Martin. The First World War. Harper Collins: New York, 1995.