The Ultimate Failure

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Title

The Ultimate Failure

Description

By Jessica Romanz
The Philippine Exposition at the St. Louis World’s Fair was meant to demonstrate how successful the United States was at civilizing the Filipino people.1 The fair failed to demonstrate the idea of societal mobility and equality. An example of this failure are the ideas depicted in this drawing. This drawing was drawn and captioned by white men. The messages that the drawing sent reflected the political culture of the Jim Crow laws that were just established eight years prior to the fair .2br />
The man is a Filipino elite, he has been put through the colonial project—he represents the end goal of the imperialist mindset. In the drawing a young ingénue is flirting with him, however even though the white women has puffed out her chest and has a big smile on her face, the man keeps his stiff military posture. The Caption reads: “St. Louis Color Line Problem at the Fair: Filipino Soldiers Aspire to Figure in SocietyThe caption being juxtaposed to the picture tells a different story. It tells the story of inequality, and that no matter what rank the man has in Filipino society he will never reach the respect and equality of American society. A white woman flirted with a Filipino male a violent mob broke out between the two racial groups proving that the colonial project is a failure because the two groups cannot coexist as equals.4

1 Paul  Kramer “Making Concessions: Race and Empire Revisited at the Philippine Exposition, St. Louis, 1901-1904”,  Radical History Review 73 (1999) 73-114

2 PBS “Jim Crow Laws” 2010

St. Louis Color Line Problem at the Fair: Filipino Soldiers Aspire to Figure in Society, Radical History Review, Winter Issue 73 (1999) p72. 1p.

4 Kramer “Making Concessions: Race and Empire Revisited at the Philippine Exposition, St. Louis, 1901-1904”,  Radical History Review

Creator

Unknown Cartoonist

Publisher

St. Louis Post Dispatch, 1904.

Date

circa 1904.

Contributor

St. Louis Color Line Problem at the Fair: Filipino Soldiers Aspire to Figure in Society." Radical History Review 73 (1999): 74. Web. 3 Dec. 2014.

Rights

No known rights restrictions

Files

Citation

Unknown Cartoonist, “The Ultimate Failure,” History Corps, accessed June 18, 2018, http://dsph-dev.provost.uiowa.edu/historycorps_sandbox/items/show/244.