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A puzzling phenomenon

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Puck, holding a lithographic pen, stands next to a laborer who is reading a notice posted on a wall that states, "'Reduction in Wages due to the Great Law of Supply and Demand.' Explanation by Republican Party, under Republican Administration." Caption: Puck--Doesn't it ever seem strange to you, my friend, that the eternal and unvarying law of supply and demand should work only for the Republican Party?

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Men--Employment; Working class; Wages; Labor supply; Cost and standard of living; Supply and demand; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1898-02-02

The scab's appeal to Justice

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An angry mob of strikers with clubs, guns, and bricks pursues a man labeled "Independent Labor" who has fallen near his wife and child in front of the statue of Justice. Justice is bound with red tape labeled "Politics." Her scales and fasces lie on the ground next to her feet.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fasces; Justice; Labor supply; Mobs; Strikebreakers; Strikes and lockouts; Violence

Date: 1902-10-01

Letter from John F. Stevens to Theodore P. Shonts

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John F. Stevens complains to Theodore P. Shonts about the lack of labor for the construction of the Panama Canal. Stevens states he would like to hire Chinese and Spanish laborers instead of West Indian laborers.  

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Chinese--Employment; Labor supply; Spaniards; Alien labor, West Indian; Panama--Panama Canal; Spain; Cuba; Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.)

Date: 1906-05-04

The following have offered to furnish Chinese labor for use in construction of the canal

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The list contains the names of companies that are willing to provide Chinese laborers to work on the construction of the Panama Canal. A disclaimer is included at the end of the list that provides the official response to the companies as well as the statement that some of the companies responded to an advertisement that was placed by the "old Commission."

Resource Type: List

Subject: Chinese--Employment; Canals--Design and construction; Labor supply; Panama--Panama Canal; Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.)

Date: 1906-05-04?

In the name of labor

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A gigantic man wearing a crown labeled "Protected Monopoly" holds upright a wooden figure of an American laborer labeled "Protected American Labor" and a sign that states "Protection Maintains for American Labor the American Standard of Living." The wooden figure holds a dinner pail in one hand and a booklet labeled "Savings" in the other. A diminutive man labeled "American Laborer," in the left foreground, looks at the viewer and gestures with his thumb back at the wooden figure. On the right, from a ship at a dock, a stream of "Foreign Labor" disembarks, passing through a gate labeled "Starvation Wages," and heading for factories in the background. Caption: How much longer can he get away with it?

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Cost and standard of living; Free trade--Protection; Labor supply; Monopolies; Tariff

Date: 1912-08-14

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