This is a 17 slide, highly animated power point presentation on Uncle Sam - Symbol of American Freedom. Each of the slides are editable, so you can modify those to meet your individual needs.
NOTE: This is one of 6 power point presentations on the Symbols of American Freedom. The other 5 include The Liberty Bell, The Bald Eagle, The Statue of Liberty, The Flag of the United States and The National Anthem.
Uncle Sam is one of six symbols that is recognized by the Library of Congress as an official symbol of America.
“Uncle Sam,” is a popular symbol for the United States, usually associated with a cartoon figure having long white hair and chin whiskers and dressed in a swallow-tailed coat, vest, tall hat, and striped trousers. “Uncle Sam” (initials U. S.) is the most popular personification of the United States, yet many Americans have little or no concept of his origins.
When one thinks of “Uncle Sam” the picture that comes to mind is from the army recruiting poster so prevalent during World War I. In this personification, “Uncle Sam” is depicted as a very stern, grey haired, but patriotically dressed man who points his finger at the reader while the caption on the poster reads, “I Want You for the U.S. Army.”
“Uncle Sam” dates to colonial times to the War of 1812. The War sparked a renewed interest in national identity which had faded since the American Revolutionary War. The name “Uncle Sam” is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, NY who with his brother Ebenezer, supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.
Wilson had the habit of stamping the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” Because he was known to be a man of fairness, who was devoted to his country. Well liked, the local residents began to refer to him as “Uncle Sam.”
When a military recruiting poster was created in about 1917, the image of “Uncle Sam” was firmly set into American consciousness. The famous “I Want You” army recruiting poster was created by James Montgomery Flagg and 4 million posters were printed between 1917 and 1918. The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.
In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”
The presentation slides cover the following:
Who is “Uncle Sam”
Colonial Symbolic Figures
Early Cartoon Humor
The Name Sticks
The Real Uncle Sam?
The Symbol of a Nation
Thomas Nast’s “Uncle Sam”
Other Political Cartoons
“I Want You” Poster
Sample “Uncle Sam” Ads
The Home of “Uncle Sam”
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading …..Symbols of America.