The Bigger Question

“The Bigger Question” By Daniel Fitzpatrick. This picture was originally published by the St. Louis Dispatch in 1947 and is now currently owned by The State Historical Society Of Missouri,


Two years after the Yalta Conference and the decisions about post-war

Poland were made, it seemed that President Truman and the federal government

had done little to aid Europe against the Soviet Union. This reality angered Polish

Americans, as they felt the U.S government was not acting in their, or their

homelands, best interests. This is what forced the Polish American community to

band together and begin their activism in American politics.

In trying to figure out the effects of World War Two and how it directly impacted Polish-

Americans, understanding “The Bigger Question” is very

important. Fitzpatrick’s cartoon was first displayed in the November 28, 1947 St.

Louis Dispatch article in Missouri, although, the original drawing currently resides

in the State Historical Society of Missouri along with 1,750 other original cartoons

by Fitzpatrick. I believe this object to be the most prominent in understanding my

research because the cartoon itself displays the general, overall attitude of the

United States government towards post-war Europe. Although very simple, this

cartoon pushes the public to really think, “Can we afford to help Europe? Can we not

afford to help Europe?” Besides a small person and two large question marks,

nothing else but a cloud of darkness covers the remaining parts of his canvas. It was

simple, yet general questions to the public like the ones Fitzpatrick asked in this

cartoon, which pushed Polish-American’s to become more involved in American


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