Like a Moth, It Works in the Dark

Paula Petrik, Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University


Examine the image at the right and answer the following questions:

  1. What are the central objects or figures in the illustration?
  2. Why is the choice of the insect and the insect's shape particularly appropriate?
  3. To what historical developments does the illustration refer?
  4. What does the illustration suggest about the nature of post-World War I race relations?

Updated | April 2004

Image of Gibson's political cartoon

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