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Democracy's opportunity

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Print shows a man labeled "Republican War Record" standing in a pond labeled "Republican Corruption Water," yelling to an Irishman wearing a hat labeled "Democracy," gathering up the Republican's clothing labeled "Tariff Reform, Free Canal, [and] Reduction Tax," and a top hat labeled "Civil Service Reform" which he has placed on top of his own hat. His own tattered clothes are patched with "Ignorance, Poverty, Stupidity, Bourbonism, [and] Secession Record." Caption: Republican "Hey, what can I do without them?" Democracy "What have you done with them - only cast them off!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political parties--Platforms; Corruption; Swimming; Civil service reform; Clothing and dress; Democracy; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1882-08-02

The irrepressible log

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Print shows a bear labeled "N.Y. Democracy" climbing a tree labeled "New York" and "N.Y. State Patronage Hive" to get at the honey. However, a block of wood labeled "Tammany Kelly" suspended by a rope labeled "60,000 voters" keeps getting in the bear's way. Caption: Democratic Bear "If it wasn't for that log, I'd have had that honey long ago, and the more I thrust it away the harder it hits me!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democracy; Bears; Pendulum; Patronage, Political; Honey; Beehives; Trees; New York (State); Tammany Hall; Democratic Party (N.Y.); Kelly, John, 1821-1886

Date: 1882-08-16

Rip Van Winkle's return

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Illustration shows a scene outside a building labeled "Washington Inn" with an image of the U.S. Capitol on the sign; a large group of Republican legislators, politicians, and others are laughing at an old man wearing tattered clothing labeled "Democracy." He looks dazed, as though he has just wandered in from the past; his walking stick is dated "1861." Two dogs labeled "N.Y. Tribune" and "N.Y. Times" sniff at his heels. Among those present are George M. Robeson, Ulysses S. Grant, John Logan, James Gillespie Blaine, Chester Alan Arthur (dressed as a woman, serving food and drinks), Charles J. Folger, George Frisbie Hoar, Joseph Warreb Keifer, Horace F. Page, William Mahone (doing a hand-stand), J. D. Cameron, Roscoe Conkling, John Sherman, George F. Edmunds, John P. Jones and Thomas Collier Platt.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Van Winkle, Rip (Fictitious character); Democracy; Taverns (Inns); Laughter; Older people; Legislators; Presidents--Elections; Dogs; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Folger, Charles J. (Charles James), 1818-1884; Page, Horace F. (Horace Francis), 1833-1890; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1883-03-14

Incorrigible

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Illustration shows Benjamin F. Butler as Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin, standing in front of an old woman labeled "Dem." who is holding a switch labeled "Discipline" behind her back. In the background, on the floor, are broken dishes labeled "Corruption, Spoils System, The Machine, [and] Old Notions," also a framed portrait of Andrew Jackson labeled "Jacksonian Principles," and over a dresser is a cracked mirror labeled "Old Reflections on B.B." The bottom of one of Topsy's shoes is labeled "Independence." Caption: Topsy "I 'spect you can't do nuffin' with me, Miss - I'se used to whippin'. Golly! I'se so wicked!!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fictitious characters; Democracy; Political corruption; Patronage, Political; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893

Date: 1883-05-23

An unpleasant ride through the presidential "haunted forest"

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Illustration shows Uncle Sam and Dame Democracy riding in a horse-drawn carriage through a forest where 21 or 22 faces of presidential hopefuls can be seen in the trees, rocks, and grasses, and have spooked the horses at the approach to a bridge. Samuel J. Tilden, not a candidate in 1884, is the only person depicted full-length.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Dame Democracy (Symbolic character); Carriages and carts; Haunted places; Forests and forestry; Apparitions; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886

Date: 1884-05-28

The transfusion of blood - may the operation prove a success!

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Illustration shows Puck standing next to the symbolic figure labeled "Independent" who is undergoing a blood transfusion with an old man labeled "Democracy" sitting in a chair. Among the men depicted observing the operation are Carl Schurz, Henry Ward Beecher, and Henry Watterson.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democracy; Blood--Transfusion; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887

Date: 1884-12-03

Coroner Harrison is a little too previous

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Uncle Sam reclines in a chair with his feet resting on a foot stool. On a table next to him are medications labeled "Tariff Reform Tonic" and "Repeal of Sherman Silver Law Elixir." Benjamin Harrison stands at center holding a large "Certificate of Death - Died of Democratic Rule." He is attended by several men with their mourning hats, including Thomas C. Platt, Charles A. Boutelle, Whitelaw Reid, George F. Hoar, and Thomas B. Reed. They have come to pay their last respects.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Diseases; Care of the sick; Democracy; Public officers; Grief; Mourning customs; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Boutelle, Charles A. (Charles Addison), 1839-1901; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902

Date: 1893-09-06

Don't!!

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A man, possibly Joseph Pulitzer, dressed as a jester and holding papers labeled "Income Tax Law," stands before a woman labeled "Democracy" sitting in a chair labeled "Congress." "Democracy" holds a quill pen in her hand and appears to be pondering whether to sign the bill. In the background, a man with a ballot box for a head and with one finger raised tells her not to sign the bill.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Newspaper editors; Law; Income tax; Fools and jesters; Ballot boxes; Democracy; United States. Congress; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911

Date: 1894-02-07

Don't jump!

Description:

A hand labeled "Fifty-Third Congress" holds a frying pan labeled "Democracy" in which is a man labeled "Democrat." The pan is being held over an open fire labeled "Republicanism," which is consuming logs labeled "Extravagant Appropriations, Pension Frauds, [and] McKinleyism."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Legislators; Corruption; Patronage, Political; Democracy; Frying; Fire; Jumping; Allegiance; Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1894-07-04

Rainsford is right - the rich must be regulated

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A democratic approach to the mingling of social classes is depicted with vignettes showing the rich buying their clothes from "honest merchants" regardless how poorly they will fit, eating at "plain oyster-houses, like the masses," riding in crude horse-drawn wagons rather than fine carriages and coaches, spending time at local "social organizations of the humble," participating in barn dances, and attending "simple variety shows" where their diamonds will provide as much entertainment for the lower classes as the vaudeville show. Caption: They must give up their purse-proud extravagance, and get right down to democratic simplicity.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Social classes; Rich people; Democracy

Date: 1897-02-24

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