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The new coat

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William E. Chandler appears as a store clerk at the "Republican Misfit Clothing Company" helping David B. Hill purchase some new clothes. Hill is trying on a new coat that has a large golden medal labeled "McKinleyism" hanging from the lapel. The coat is too big for him, though Chandler tells him it fits perfectly. Hill's old coat, with a ribbon that states "D.B.H. I am a Democrat," is lying on a chair between them. Caption: Mister Chandler--Mein cracious, Meester Hill; it fits you like de paper on de vall!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Election; Legislators; Currency question; Clothing trade; Clothing and dress; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917

Date: 1894-05-16

A hard beast to handle

Description:

A silver elephant wearing a ribbon labeled "Currency Problem" stands in a stall with a shackle labeled "Cleveland's Veto" on one foot. A notice on the wall states, "Look Out for the Elephant - He is Dangerous." A battered old man labeled "Dem. Majority" lies on the floor, while another man labeled "Rep. Majority" approaches reading a booklet labeled "Republican Method of Handling Financial Elephants." Uncle Sam taps him on the shoulder in warning. Caption: Uncle Sam--Don't be over-confident, my friend; - he was too much for that Democratic keeper, and he may be too much for you!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Currency question; Veto; Executive power; Elephants

Date: 1895-02-06

Letter from James Bryce to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

James Bryce thanks Theodore Roosevelt for his recent letter and returns a letter he had enclosed. The political situation in the U.S. Congress concerns Bryce, especially "the steady decline...in the composition and character of the Senate." He wishes he could visit with Roosevelt about these matters. He is tired of the burdens of office and wishes to have the opportunity to travel and visit friends like Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Currency question; Bimetallism; United States. Congress. Senate

Date: 1895-04-10

The financial fakir fooling the farmers

Description:

A man wearing a sash labeled "Harvey," with a horn attached, stands on a platform with stacks of books, pointing to a board that states, "Coin's Financial School - Declare fifty cents Silver to be Worth One Dollar in Gold and You will Make Two Dollars of One Dollar, therefore Silver has Twice the Purchasing Power of Gold. Figures Never Lie. If You Don't Believe This, Buy My Book and Be Convinced! (Only 50 cents a copy)." Standing in front of the platform are several hayseed farmers.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fraud; Farmers; Education; Silver question; Currency question; Peddlers; Silver coins--Prices; Harvey, W. H. (William Hope), 1851-1936

Date: 1895-06-12

It never loses its popularity

Description:

A young man and a young woman are sitting on a love seat. He holds her hand and appears ready to propose to her, while behind them question marks labeled "Tariff Question, Chinese Question, Armenian Question, Silver Question, Cuban Question, Venezuelan Question, Boundary Line, Mafia Question, [and] Bering Sea Question" hover in the air. Caption: "Questions" may come, and "questions" may go; but, thank goodness, this "question" goes on for ever!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Marriage proposals; Courtship; Currency question; International relations; Boundaries

Date: 1896-03-04

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt describes a mix-up between he and wife Edith to his sister Anna Roosevelt Cowles. He also details the trial of fellow Police Commissioner Parker before New York City Mayor Strong for neglect of duty. He is troubled that William McKinley, whom Roosevelt distrusts, will be nominated for president. He expects the Democrats to fight for free coinage of silver.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Police administration--Evaluation; Presidents--Nomination; Currency question--U.S. states; Democratic Party (U.S.); Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Parker, Andrew D.

Date: 1896-06-14

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt informs his sister Anna Roosevelt Cowles that silver has become the main issue of the presidential political campaign. He criticizes Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan and says his appeal is based on class hatred.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Political campaigns; Presidents--Elections; Currency question--U.S. states; Silver; Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Date: 1896-09-27

The old story

Description:

Puck, holding a lithographic pen, talks to President McKinley. The latter is depicted as a "shiftless tenant" sitting in a rocking chair while the roof labeled "Bad Currency System" on his house deteriorates, creating a large hole. Caption: Puck--You couldn't mend that roof when it was raining - why not mend it now? / Shiftless Tenant--What's the use of mending it now? The sun is shining!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Currency question; Buildings--Deterioration; McKinley, William, 1843-1901

Date: 1897-08-18

"Busted!"

Description:

William Jennings Bryan carries a "Cross of Gold," a "Crown of Thorns," and a carpetbag labeled "W.J.B. Speeches" as he walks along railroad tracks headed in the opposite direction of Washington, D.C. Walking with him are newspaper editors Edwin L. Godkin carrying papers labeled "Anti-American Editorials," Joseph Pulitzer, Edward Atkinson, Carl Schurz carrying a drum on his back labeled "Anti-Expansion Band," and Oswald Ottendorfer carrying a small bag labeled "Staats Zeitung." In the background, William McKinley is riding on a railroad car labeled "Expansion Train" that is racing along railroad tracks, headed for Washington, D.C.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Election; Political parties--Platforms; Currency question; Imperialism; Newspaper editors; Railroad tracks; Railroad trains; Washington (D.C.); Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925; Godkin, Edwin Lawrence, 1831-1902; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Atkinson, Edward, 1827-1905; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Ottendorfer, Oswald, 1826-1900; McKinley, William, 1843-1901

Date: 1899-12-20

In a hole; - and no "issue"

Description:

Print shows William Jennings Bryan as the Democratic Donkey with the bit end of a bridle in his mouth, trying to climb out of a hole constructed of blocks labeled "Aguinaldoism, Anti-Trust, Anti-Imperialism, Free Riots, Anti-Expansion, Free Silver, Populism, Calamity Cry, [and] Chicago Platform," with the U.S. Capitol nearby.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Presidents--Election; Political parties--Platforms; Currency question; Imperialism; Antitrust law; Holes; Bridles; Democratic Party (U.S.); Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Date: 1899-12-27

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