Slavery and Racism
Derogatory images and caricatures of racial groups were prevalent in American popular culture throughout the 20th century.
These depictions not only reflected attitudes at the time, but also helped reinforce them. The portrayal of Black Americans as simpletons and Native Americans as savages served as a form of propaganda. These images permeated popular culture and appeared on postcards, books, and countless everyday objects. The bombardment of stereotypical representations made it easier to ignore racist actions and condone discrimination.