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Bottom's dream

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Puck's stereotypical Irishman labeled "Democracy" appears in the role of "Bottom" from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," with Puck holding the head of an ass above him. He is holding a paper that states "Free Protection for Revenue Only. Free Revenue Reform for Protection Only. To the Civil Service Reformers belong the Spoils!!!" A host of fairies, insects, and minions of the night are gathered around him, including Theodore Roosevelt as a fairy standing on a snail labeled "N. Y. City Reform," John Logan as a mushroom, John Kelly as a spider on a web labeled "N. Y.," William Evarts as a bird with a long beak, unidentified man as a frog, James Blaine and George Robeson as owls, David Davis, Samuel J. Tilden as a grasshopper, Roscoe Conkling as a bird, Whitelaw Reid labeled "3 cts" and another man labeled "2 cts" as moths, and a diminutive Chester A. Arthur peering from behind Bottom's feet. Jay Gould appears as a snake in the bushes. Among the fairies are "Randall, Carlisle, Dana, Cleveland, Cox," and Henry Watterson. Uncle Sam and Columbia observe from behind a tree. Includes Bottom's lines "I have had a dream - past the wit of men to say what dream it was. ... But man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what methought I had" from the play.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Columbia (Symbolic character); Tariff; Free trade--Protection; Civil service reform; Fairies; Dreams; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Randall, Samuel J. (Samuel Jackson), 1828-1890; Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Cox, Samuel Sullivan, 1824-1889

Date: 1884-02-20

The opium-joint of the Republican "irreconcilables" -- a cheap way of being happy

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In an opium den labeled "Bloody Shirt Joint - Blaine and Reid Managers," James G. Blaine passes out pipes labeled "Tribune Editorials, Blaine's Augusta Speech, Blaine Speeches, [and] Speeches" to fellow Republicans labeled "Chandler, J. Roach, Evarts, Cornell, Logan, Hoar, Foraker, J. Sherman, Brady, Dorsey, [and] Reid," Unidentified is Elihu Root and the man dreaming of becoming the "Secy. of Navy." They have resorted to opium as the panacea for their political woes and while in their drug-induced stupor they dream of Blaine's ascendancy to the presidential throne and of themselves becoming members of Blaine's cabinet.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Opium; Dreams; Cabinet officers; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Foraker, Joseph Benson, 1846-1917; Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Cornell, Alonzo B., 1832-1904; Roach, John, 1813-1887

Date: 1885-09-23

"Independence Day" of the future

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A future Fourth of July celebration is depicted where women have gained suffrage and equality. Young and old women ring a bell labeled "Equal Rights." A notice on the bell tower states "Strike Out the Word Male." Women emerge from underground and participate in a procession, marching under banners that state "United Order of Matinee Women" and "Higher Culture Division." The procession passes two statues, one of a woman holding a rolling pin labeled "Erected to the Memory of the First Woman Who Wore Breeches" and the second of an eagle wearing a bonnet, labeled "The American Bird is a Hen Eagle and Lays Eggs. [?] Blake Sculp."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fourth of July; Fourth of July celebrations; Women's rights; Autonomy; Bells; Fantasy

Date: 1894-07-04

A painful prophetic vision

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A well-dressed, grand old woman sits in a chair, with a comb labeled "Republican Party" in her hair, and newspapers on the floor around her with headlines "Evening Reporter - Commerce Picking Up All Along the Line" and "Morning Verity - Trade Getting Brisk Since the Passage of the Wilson Bill." She is holding the "Daily Facts - Increased Activity in Business on Account of the New Tariff." There is a steaming pot of tea on the table next to her. She is imagining a scene where a street in the business district is filled with a procession of women shoppers carrying placards that state, "Under the Democratic Tariff We Live in a Golden Age of Business!!!", "1896 - We, the Shopping Women of America, Favor the Democrats Because Their Tariff Bill Favors Our Pocket Books!!!", and "Thanks to the Democrats Shopping is Now a Joy Forever." Caption: The Republican Party sees the Democrats, in 1896, winning back their old and powerful ally, the "shopping woman."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Tariff; Legislation; Women--Social conditions; Shopping; Fantasy; Parades

Date: 1894-10-24

The same old thing

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At top, a laborer daydreams he has the ears of a mule and carries a banner that states, "Strike! No Surrender! Down with Capital!" He is being led over barricades by a "Walking Delegate" who gestures toward a laborer standing with one foot on a prostrate industrialist. At the bottom is depicted the reality of an unemployed laborer's waking life of familial discord, though he still has the ears of a mule. Caption: Same old day-dream. Same old awakening.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Dreams; Strikes and lockouts; Labor leaders; Unemployment; Families

Date: 1895-03-20

Their nightmare

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David B. Hill and Charles F. Crisp lie awake in a bed, suffering the nightmare of a spirit dragon labeled "Third Term."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Presidents--Term of office; Nightmares; Dragons; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Crisp, Charles F. (Charles Frederick), 1845-1896

Date: 1895-10-02

Uncle Sam's dream of conquest and carnage - caused by reading the Jingo newspapers

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Uncle Sam lies asleep in a chair with a large eagle perched on a stand next to him. He is dreaming of conquests and annexations, asserting his "Monroe Doctrine" rights, becoming master of the seas, putting John Bull in his place, and building "formidable and invulnerable coast defenses." On the floor by the chair are jingoistic and yellow journalism newspapers.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Dreams; Nationalism; Militarism; Intervention (International law); Annexation; War, Maritime (International law); Fortification

Date: 1895-11-13

Speaker Reed's new year's vision

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Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed is asleep at his desk, dreaming that Thomas C. Platt and Matthew S. Quay, as angels, are coming to offer him the "Presidential Nomination 1896." Caption: It beats Jacob's ladder out of sight.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Angels; New Year; Dreams; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Quay, Matthew Stanley, 1833-1904; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910

Date: 1896-01-01

The business man's perpetual nightmare

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A businessman sleeps in a bed with the spirit of a two-headed congressman labeled "House" and "Senate" howling at his bedside, trying to ruin his sleep with "War Talk!, Extravagant Talk!, Appropriations!, [and] Jingoism!" Papers on a nightstand state "Business Disturbance, Upsetting of Values, Etc." and "Doings of Congress - Jingoism - Tariff Tinkering - Etc."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Businesspeople; Legislators; Economic policy; Tariff; Sleeping customs; Nightmares; Ghosts

Date: 1897-01-20

A peace dream of Eastertime

Description:

A female figure labeled "Europe" sleeps among boxes of "Munitions of War [and] Ammunition," large shells, and a barrel of "Powder" with a candle labeled "Ambition" as a burning fuse. She is dreaming about "The Czar's Proposal for a Universal Peace Congress." Her dream shows an angel holding up a banner labeled "Millennium" around which are dancing the symbolic representations of several countries. Among them are a fox, a turkey wearing a fez, a double-headed eagle labeled "Austria," a cock labeled "France," an eagle labeled "Germany," the British Lion, the Russian Bear labeled "Russia," a fox labeled "Italy," a cat labeled "Spain," and a dragon labeled "China."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Easter; Peace; Dreams; Heads of state; Military weapons; Candles; Angels; Europe

Date: 1899-04-05

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