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Edison's fix

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Illustration shows Franklin Edson lying on a dirt path labeled "Road to Honest Government," hanging onto the tails of two hogs going in the opposite direction, one with the face of John Kelly, labeled "Tammany," and the other labeled "County Dem." wearing pince-nez labeled "H.O.T." In the background is a road sign labeled "To Tammany Bossism" and "To County Bossism," with New York City in the distance. Caption: He had better let them both go.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Civil service reform; Municipal officials and employees; Honesty; Swine; Traffic signs and signals; Tammany Hall; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Thompson, Hubert O. (Hubert Ogden), 1848-1886; Edson, Franklin, 1832-1904

Date: 1883-01-03

Let the political army have new drums also!

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Illustration shows Ulysses S. Grant with his "Grant Boom" band comprised of Samuel J. Tilden, Lucius Q. C. Lamar, Roscoe Conkling, William W. Phelps, David Davis, James D. Cameron, John Sherman, James G. Blaine, John Kelly, Winfield Scott Hancock, William Mahone, and John Logan; most carry drums that are broken or in disrepair. Across the street, in front of the "Political Armory," Puck is operating a makeshift stand, issuing "New Drums for Old Drums." Benjamin F. Butler kicks away his old drum labeled "Butlers Old Policies" and is getting a new drum labeled "Civil Service Reform." Brooklyn Mayor Seth Low and Grover Cleveland are trying out new drums labeled "Independence" and "Civil Service Reform." Other new drums are labeled "Tariff Reform, Political Honesty, Anti-Monopoly, Honesty, [and] For the People." Caption: The U. S. Army is to have new drums. In their day the old drums did good service. Now they must retire and give place to better drums. Phila. Record.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Political parties--Platforms; Civil service reform; Honesty; Marching percussion; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Low, Seth, 1850-1916; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Lamar, L. Q. C. (Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus), 1825-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Phelps, William Walter, 1839-1894; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1883-02-14

Those dogs won't fight - they are dying of starvation

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Illustration shows Charles A. Dana, editor of the "Sun," and Stephen B. Elkins, wearing a plumed hat, attempting to push an emaciated dog labeled "Clerical Slanderer" up steps leading to where Grover Cleveland is sitting in a rocking chair; another dog labeled "Common Slanderer" is lying on its back, apparently dead; nearby is an overturned bowl labeled "False Witness."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Honesty; Libel and slander; Starvation; Dogs; Elkins, Stephen B. (Stephen Benton), 1841-1911; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897

Date: 1884-08-20

The new Democratic eucalyptus tree purifies a political morass

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Illustration shows Grover Cleveland as a large tree labeled "Eucalyptus Clevelandus" with roots labeled "Honor" and "Honesty," and branches that spread over swamp land from which rise gaseous ghosts labeled "Stupidity, K. K. K., Bourbonism, Butlerism, Dynamiter, Kellyism, Ward Bossism, [and] Spoils System." In the background is a large building labeled "Democratic Head-Quarters." Caption: The eucalyptus tree has recently been introduced into marshy and malarious regions, where it acts as a purifier of the atmosphere, driving away the deadly miasmatic vapors encyclopaedia.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Honesty; Ghosts; Trees; Wetlands; Ku Klux Klan (19th cent.); Tammany Hall; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Kelly, John, 1821-1886

Date: 1884-08-27

He beats them all to pieces

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Newspaper editor Whitelaw Reid sits at a desk, writing editorials condemning the Democrats for the Wilson Tariff Bill, expressing such "Copy for the Tribune" as "The Wilson Bill is meant to increase wages in England and lower them in America!!", "The country on the eve of fearful financial disaster!! - All caused by the Wicked Democrats," and "Awful programme of destructive legislation!!!! - Democrats bent on ruining the country."  Three ghosts labeled "The Oldest Inhabitant, Falstaff, [and] Baron Munchhausen," looking indignant, are standing in the background. Caption: Eminent "Story-Tellers" of Fiction--We thought we were unapproachable in our line; - but we're nowhere alongside of him!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Tariff; Newspaper editors; Deception; Honesty; Truth; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912

Date: 1894-01-17

Up to date!

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William McKinley holds an axe behind his back labeled "McKinley Act" and points to a cherry tree labeled "American Industries" that has been chopped down. He tells Uncle Sam that Grover Cleveland did it. Caption: Truthful Bill--I can not tell a lie, Uncle - Grover did it.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Tariff; Honesty; Wood; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908

Date: 1894-02-21

The fearless toreador

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Émile Zola, as a bullfighter holding a cape labeled "La Vérité" and a quill pen labeled "Zola," faces a charging bull that is wearing a phrygian cap labeled "France" and has been stabbed in the back of the neck with a banderilla labeled "La Débâcle." After a military investigation and trial acquitted Ferdinand Esterhazy of treason, placing the guilt on Alfred Dreyfus, Zola published an open letter to the president of France demanding that the truth be made known and that the miscarriage of justice, "La Débâcle," that has come to be known as the Dreyfus Affair, be corrected.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Military policy; Corruption; Treason; Fraud; Honesty; Blame; Dreyfus, Alfred, 1859-1935; Zola, EĢmile, 1840-1902

Date: 1898-02-16

The immortal George

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At center, George Washington is being questioned about cutting down a cherry tree. Vignettes around him show Washington as a lover, a joke writer, a lawyer, a preacher, a street vendor selling food, a husband arriving home late and drunk, a friend, and a newspaper editor. In each vignette Washington strives to "Always Tell the Truth," which in all situations fails him. He has no clients, no parishioners, no sales, and is about to be sued for "Libel." He is not likely to sell any jokes, get a date, or mollify an angry wife.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Honesty; Washington, George, 1732-1799

Date: 1898-02-23

A first-class lie

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Two upper class men are talking in the street in London, while a coach labeled "Picadilly Circus" is waiting in the background. Caption: Englishman--You have some pretty high buildings in Chicago, haven't you? Chicagoan (in London)--Well, I should remark! Why, the tops of some of them are covered with snow the year around!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Honesty; Upper class

Date: 1900-01-31

Letter From Theodore Roosevelt to William Allen White

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Vice President Roosevelt shares his opinions about Senators Marcus Hanna, Matthew Quay, Thomas Platt, and George Dunn. His main supporters are farmers, upper class mechanics, small businessmen, and others who oppose populism. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Political corruption; Presidential candidates; Honesty; Nominations for office; Farmers; Mechanics; New York (State); Minnesota; United States. Congress. Senate; Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904; Quay, Matthew Stanley, 1833-1904; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Odell, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Barker), 1854-1926

Date: 1901-08-27

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