CNBC Insight Facts about the figure of Uncle Sam who became the nickname for the US, not Samuri or Dajjal Entrepreneur – 3 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The United States is often nicknamed Uncle Sam's country. However, not everyone knows who Uncle Sam is referring to.

Conspiracy theorists say that Sam is an abbreviation of Samuri or Dajjal. A figure who, according to some beliefs, appears when the apocalypse arrives.

Then, is that true? Who really is Uncle Sam?


Referring to history, the Sam in question is Samuel Wilson. He was a meat packer from Troy, New York, who during the War of 1812 supplied food to American soldiers.

Page History said that when sending meat, Samuel often stamped the delivery box with the words “US”. This is a sign that the box is owned by the government United States or US.

However, different thoughts emerged from the soldiers' minds. They made a joke that the “US” stamp was not United States, but was an abbreviation of Uncle Sam (Uncle Sam).

Since then, among US soldiers, of whom there are thousands, the US has been popularized as Uncle Sam. Over time, the jokes continued to roll.

In fact, the media there also became agents for spreading jokes. Every time there is an abbreviation US, they associate it with Uncle Sam.

More interestingly, in the 1830s, cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized the figure of Uncle Sam with a mustachioed face, top hat and striped trousers.

Of course, this illustration does not match the actual physical appearance of Samuel Wilson. Even so, Uncle Sum's illustrations continued to be widely produced, even after Samuel Wilson died on July 31, 1854.

Uncle Sam's popularity reached its highest point during World War I (1914-1918). At that time, an illustrator named James Montgomery officially created propaganda media under the name Uncle Sam. He made an illustration of the figure of Uncle Sam with a long magician's hat and gray hair with the words underneath “I want you for US Army”.

Photo: JM Flagg/Wikicommon
Uncle Sam poster created by JM Flagg, I Want You for US Army poster (1917)

Of course, propaganda is easily known widely. Since then, US jokes as Uncle Sam have become increasingly unavoidable. All societies across generations are increasingly recording these memories. Finally, in 1961, the US Congress passed a resolution recognizing Samuel Wilson as a US national symbol.

So, that's an explanation of who Uncle Sam is. Thus, the term Uncle Sam has no religious overtones. He is not a Samuri or Dajjal, but just an ordinary butcher.

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