Correcting an Error

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Artists devised numerous ways to get their points across. Here, in an April 1912 cartoon, an artist comments on the existing inequalities in the drafting and enforcing of laws. Lou Rogers entitled this cartoon, "Correcting an Error."

Notice that the strong woman, identified as "Modern Justice" and dressed in ancient Greek clothing, is helping a much smaller man edit the phrases to include "and women." Does the man look happy to make these alterations?

The word "modern" appears in several of these cartoons. Do you think that is a mere coincidence or does that help us understand a more subtle part of the argument? Why do you think the writing appears on  stone tablets? What might this have symbolized to its audience?

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