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Arthur's awkward "white elephant"

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President Chester A. Arthur sits on a rock with a large white elephant that looks like Roscoe Conkling standing next to him Arthur is wondering how to get rid of the elephant. Uncle Sam, holding papers labeled "Conkling Declines," walks away from the "Supreme Court." Roscoe Conkling had turned down Arthur's offer for a position on the Supreme Court. Caption: "How shall I ever get rid of him? It won't do for me to have him on my hands in 1884!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Elephants; United States. Supreme Court; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888

Date: 1882-03-15

Bismarck's boost

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Print shows a large elephant labeled "Bismarck" lifting "Alfonso" XII high over the head of a soldier labeled "France."  Caption: The Uhlan King "I'm taller than YOU, now!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: International relations; Relations with Spain; Relations with France; Elephants; Bismarck, Otto, F├╝rst von, 1815-1898; Alfonso XII, King of Spain, 1857-1885

Date: 1883-11-28

It doesn't look much like it

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Uncle Sam uses a pitchfork to pile up money labeled "$160,000,000.00 Yearly" as food for a "U.S. White Elephant" wearing a military hat labeled "Pensions." Caption: "Has the moth of avarice, the canker of greed, so eaten into the hearts of this generation that they are unmindful of these men? God forbid!" (From Harrison's speech to the G.A.R. encampment.)

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Government spending policy; Pensions; Debts, Public; Elephants; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901

Date: 1893-09-20

A hard beast to handle

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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 Theodore Roosevelt to Frederick Courteney Selous

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Assistant Secretary Roosevelt is glad that Frederick Courteney Selous enjoyed his hunting trip, but is melancholy to realize that the United States has lost so much of its hunting grounds. Roosevelt recalls a few of his own hunting experiences: "I was just in time to see the last of the real wilderness life and real wilderness hunting." Roosevelt also recommends several books to Selous and provides information about his experience ranching in North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Books and reading; Deer; Elk; Hunting; Ranching; Ranch life; Bear hunting; Wilderness areas; Elephants; Hunting guides; Publications; North Dakota; British Columbia; Alaska; Rocky Mountains; Oregon; United States, West; Maine; New York (State); Montana; Wyoming; North Dakota--Little Missouri National Grassland; Boone and Crockett Club; Buxton, Edward North, 1840-1924

Date: 1897-11-30

His contribution to the Christmas gayety

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President McKinley, with an enormous white elephant labeled "Philippines" wearing an eye patch labeled "Aguinaldoism" behind him, speaks to the 55th Congress. Many of the Congressmen react with fear, notably, George F. Hoar in the lower left foreground, and Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed who drops the gavel. Caption: President McKinley (to the 55th Congress)--Now, gentlemen, I've done my share; - I pressed the Spaniards; you do the rest!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents; Elephants; Fear; Rebellion; Imperialism; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Aguinaldo, Emilio, 1869-1964

Date: 1898-12-21

The bugaboo of the anti-expansionist

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President McKinley rides an elephant driven by Marcus A. Hanna. The elephant is carrying Russell A. Alger, Nelson Dingley, William R. Day, and William T. Sampson. A second elephant follows, and a group of men that includes "Nelson A. Miles, Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Wheeler, Fitzhugh Lee, Henry C. Lodge, William R. Shafter, Winfield S. Schley, John T. Morgan, Cushman K. Davis, George Dewey," and others, march alongside under the standard "Imperialism for Ever." A group of disgruntled men sit on the roadside, watching the procession.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Imperialism; Generals; Elephants; Standards, Military; Parades; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904; Alger, R. A. (Russell Alexander), 1836-1907; Day, William R. (William Rufus), 1849-1923; Sampson, William Thomas, 1840-1902; Dewey, George, 1837-1917; Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838-1900; Morgan, J. T. (John Tyler), 1824-1907; Schley, Winfield Scott, 1839-1911; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Lee, Fitzhugh, 1835-1905; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Wheeler, Joseph, 1836-1906; Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925; Shafter, William Rufus, 1835-1906; Dingley, Nelson, 1832-1899

Date: 1899-01-18

Stealing their thunder

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Cartoon depicting President Roosevelt riding an elephant labeled "1904 Trust busting" and "Cop." Behind the elephant are two men left behind in the dust.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Caricatures and cartoons; Antitrust law--U.S. states; Police; Elephants

Date: 1903-02-19

When Congress adjourns

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Cartoon showing a depiction of Uncle Sam in front of the U.S. Capitol building. Uncle Sam is holding the Antitrust Law in his hands. To the left is a teddy bear holding a sign with the words "empty bag" written on it. To the right is a man holding a piece of paper with the words "nearly constitutional" on it and "the trust" is also written across his chest. Behind the U.S. Capitol building is an elephant saying "never touched me!" with the word "tariff" written on it.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Teddybears (Fictitious characters); Elephants--Symbolic aspects; Presidents--Caricatures and cartoons; Antitrust law; Tariff--Law and legislation; United States. Congress; Sherman Act (United States)

Date: 1903-02-23

Picking his way

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The "Republican Party" elephant walks on "Senate" and "House" stilts, on a path covered with eggs labeled "Monopoly, High Tariff Excuses, 'Bad Trusts,' Labor Question, Post Office Scandal, [and] Protected Trusts." A paper attached to the elephant's tail states "Tariff Reform." A sign in the background points "To Washington 1904."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Eggs; Elephants; Political parties--Platforms; Presidents--Election; Reform movement; Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Stilts; Tariff

Date: 1903-06-10

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