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Retirement of Constantin Catacazy

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Report prepared at the request of the United States Senate containing the government correspondence regarding the retirement of Constantin Catacazy, Russian minister to the United States from 1869-1871. President Grant and the State Department sought the removal of Catacazy due to his poor conduct. However, he remained as minister until after Grand Duke Alexei's trip to the United States, because a minister needed to be present for the visit and there wasn't sufficient time to replace Catacazy before Alexei's arrival.

Resource Type: Government record

Subject: Diplomatic and consular service, Russian; Diplomatic etiquette; International relations; Russia; United States. Congress. Senate; Catacazy, Constantin; Alekseĭ Aleksandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia, 1850-1908

Date: 1871-12-06

Under false colors

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James Russell Lowell, minister to England, turns his back on an Irishman who is dressed like Uncle Sam and is in the custody of the British military for anarchistic activities. Lowell holds a paper that states, "All such persons should be made to understand distinctly that they cannot be Irishmen and Americans at the same time! J. R. Lowell." Caption: Minister Lowell--"No, sir, you are not the kind of American citizen I am sent here to protect!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Diplomats; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); International relations; Soldiers; Anarchism; Irish; Great Britain; Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891

Date: 1882-03-22

Too weak to fight - too old to run

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The British Lion carries W. E. Gladstone, dressed as a woman, on his back, as they head into the sea after departing the "British Consul" in advance of "Anarchy, Riot, [and] Bloodshed." The lion is labeled "Moral Complicity, British Prestige, Peril, Profits, [and] Responsibilities." Gladstone's dress is labeled "Vacillation, Procrastination, Irish Trouble, [and] Timidity." On the shore is a set of jaws labeled "Brag & Bluster," and the lion is stepping on a gunboat labeled "Thunderer."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: International relations; Relations with Great Britain; Anarchism; Great Britain; Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898

Date: 1882-06-21

British benevolence

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Print shows an oversized British Lion wearing boxing gloves labeled "Army" and "Navy," standing over its most recent victim labeled "Egyptian." Trailing off to the left are other victims labeled "Ashantee, Afghan, Boer, [and] Zulu." Standing on the right is a diminutive Irishman pulling on boxing gloves labeled "Fenian." Caption: "It is painful to be obliged to use force against the weak." --Earl Granville in House of Lords.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Lions; International relations; Boxing; Giants--Folklore; Charity; Relations with Great Britain; Great Britain

Date: 1882-07-19

The great floods of 1883 - Germany's need and America's aid

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Illustration shows Columbia sitting on a rock on the coast as men bring packages of supplies labeled "From Ohio, Missouri, From New York, [and] California"; just offshore, men pull on the oars of a rowboat laden with large bundles labeled "For German Sufferers" and "For Germany" and a large money bag. In the background, debris floats on the high waters of devastating floods. Overhead are fair weather clouds labeled "Charity" and dark clouds, which drop more rain, labeled "Suffering [and] Distress."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Floods; Assistance in emergencies; International relations; Food; Columbia (Symbolic character); Clouds; Germany

Date: 1883-01-17

A family party - the 200th birthday of the healthiest of Uncle Sam's adopted children

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Uncle Sam stands at the head of a table at a dinner party in honor of the "Bi-Centennial Celebration of the First German Settlement." Columbia sits next to him. Around the table are a "Spaniard, Swede, German, Englishman, Russian, Chinese, Irishman" and at the far end an "Italian" hurdy-gurdy man, also a "French" chef entering on the left, carrying a large peacock on a tray, and an African American servant spilling trays of food on the Englishman and the Chinese man. In a cradle on the floor next to Columbia are two infants labeled "Malagasy" and "Corean." Uncle Sam is offering a toast to the well-dressed German man standing at center. Puck, standing on the front side of the table, holding his lithographic pencil, offers a bouquet of flowers. Hanging from a garland on the wall in the background, beneath the heading "Germantown 1683-1883," are portraits of Baron von "Steuben," George "Washington," and Marquis de "Lafayette."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Columbia (Symbolic character); African Americans--Employment; International relations--Centennial celebrations, etc.; Dinners and dining; Toasts; Organ grinders; Washington, George, 1732-1799; Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834; Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794

Date: 1883-10-03

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, Fürst von, 1815-1898; Alfonso XII, King of Spain, 1857-1885

Date: 1883-11-28

Thanksgiving

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Print shows Uncle Sam, Columbia, and Puck sitting at a table, ready to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey dinner in a gallery with paintings on the wall in the background. Uncle Sam is gesturing toward these paintings, which depict Irish uprisings and unrest in England, volcanoes in Java, earthquakes in Italy, "Cholera" as the grim reaper in Egypt, French colonialism, anarchy in Spain, German militarism, and Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, standing on the body of a peasant in a painting titled "Russian Reform." On the far right, at a dock labeled "U.S. Navy," a ship in disrepair leans to one side. A bulldog gnaws on a bone labeled "New York" beneath a bench on the left. Caption: Uncle Sam "Well, we seem to be getting along a little better than the rest of the world, and if we can't be thankful for all that we have, we may at least be thankful that there are some things we haven't."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Columbia (Symbolic character); Thanksgiving Day; Dinners and dining; Turkeys; Art museums; International relations; Anarchism; Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, 1818-1881

Date: 1883-11-28

In his second childhood

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Illustration shows "Germania" and "Columbia" holding hands above and behind a child-like Otto von Bismarck who is tearing papers labeled "Lasker Resolution" while sitting on the floor among other torn papers labeled "German Emigration" and "French Lampoon," and a broken pull-toy of a pig labeled "American Pork" into which he has driven nails with a hammer labeled "Bad Temper." Caption: Germania to Columbia - "We shall still remain friends, in spite of this foolish old man!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Columbia (Symbolic character); Relations with Germany; International relations; Anger; Toys; Emigration and immigration; Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898; Lasker, Eduard, 1829-1884

Date: 1884-02-27

Ireland's evil genius

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Illustration shows "Britannia" standing on the left, holding "Concessions to Ireland" and "Hibernia" standing on the right in a militant pose; between them is a nasty looking man with two "Dynamite" bombs slung over his shoulders.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Britannia (Symbolic character); Autonomy and independence movements; International relations--Foreign countries; Women's clothing--Symbolic aspects; Anarchism; Dynamite; Stereotypes (Social psychology); Great Britain; Ireland

Date: 1884-06-11

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