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W-h-o-a!!!

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William McKinley drives a large circus carriage labeled "McKinley's Presidential Band Wagon" pulled by the Republican Elephant labeled "G.O.P." The carriage has come to a stop in front of a sign at the edge of an abyss, which states, "Danger! Results of the McKinley Bill. Decline of wages. Desperate Labor Strikes, and Lock Outs. 1,000,000 Men Out of Employment. Falling off of Customs Revenues $157,000,000. Disappearance of Treasury Surplus of $100,000,000. Net Loss of Gold in Exports $200,000,000." The abyss blocks McKinley from reaching the United States Capitol, seen at far right. The "Band" in the wagon is comprised of "M.A. Hanna," Andrew "Carnegie," John D. "Rockefeller," Theodore and possibly Henry O. "Havemeyer," and Whitelaw Reid playing a drum labeled "N.Y. Tribune." Marching behind the wagon are men carrying banners labeled "Trusts" and "Monopoly."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Monopolies; Trusts, Industrial; Patronage, Political; Circus; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904; Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Havemeyer, Henry Osborne, 1847-1907; Havemeyer, Theodore A.

Date: 1896-04-29

The Supreme Court, - "as it may hereafter be constituted"

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A trial is taking place at the U.S. Supreme Court where the regular justices have been replaced by hayseed justices. In the foreground is a "Waiting Pen for Gold Bugs and Millionaires" where "W. Rockefeller, J. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, Astor, Sage, Vanderbilt, [and] Gould" are waiting. Caption: If the silverites ever get a chance to put their populistic and revolutionary platform into force.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Election; Political parties--Platforms; Silver question; Populism; Capitalists and financiers; Millionaires; United States. Supreme Court; Rockefeller, William Avery, 1810-1906; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937; Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913; Astor, John Jacob, 1864-1912; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1843-1899; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892

Date: 1896-09-09

A Christmas sermon

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Puck stands on a stage speaking to wealthy philanthropists. From left: an empty seat "reserved for Russell Sage," Mrs. Stanford, Miss [Helen Miller?] Gould, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, [and] Morgan." Puck is displaying a "Plan for model tenement" and pointing to a view of current tenement housing conditions projected on a screen on the stage. In the "Christmas sermon," Puck is entreating that when these generous millionaires are performing their philanthropy, they not only endow schools and libraries, which benefit "those that already have much," but also "give something to those who have less than nothing."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Philanthropists; Tenement houses; Poor; Charity; Christmas; Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937; Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1843-1899; Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919

Date: 1900-12-26

The king of the combinations

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John D. Rockefeller, wearing a huge crown and robe, stands on an oil storage tank labeled "Standard Oil" and glares at the viewer. The crown is adorned with railroad cars, oil tanks, and the names of four railroad companies: "Lehigh Valley R.R., St. Paul R.R., Jersey Central R.R., [and] Reading Rail Road," and topped with a dollar sign.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Railroad companies; Petroleum industry and trade; Capitalists and financiers; Big business; Standard Oil Company; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937

Date: 1901-02-27

A valentine

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Senator Aldrich is shown delivering a valentine to President Roosevelt from the Standard Oil Company.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Valentines; Standard Oil Company; Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1903-02-14

Who throw'd that cracker?

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President Roosevelt holds the Door of Hope open with Dr. Crum preparing to walk through it holding his federal appointment. A large firecracker is going off, letting out social equality and "negro supremacy" as two men skip away from the explosive, one labeled Rockefeller and the other T. C. P. Item is regarding the appointment of African Americans to federal posts.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Government executives--Selection and appointment; Race relations; African Americans; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937; Crum, William Demos, 1859-1912; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1903-03-04

A word to grand stand specialists

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Puck tugs at the coat-tails of Andrew Carnegie, as he and John D. Rockefeller pile money bags around the base of a statue labeled "Fame," which they seek by endowing libraries and universities. Puck is suggesting that they could do more good for society by endowing places like a "Home for Consumptives." Caption: Puck -- You have qualified thoroughly as modern philanthropists, now why not do some good?

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Charity; Charity organization; Libraries; Philanthropists; Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937

Date: 1903-06-03

Letter from Lovell H. Jerome to Theodore Roosevelt

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Lovell H. Jerome recommends seeking out Senator Nelson Aldrich as a representative of John D. Rockefeller's interests concerning a financial matter in which "great danger exists."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Finance; New York (State)--New York--Wall Street; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937; Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915; Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913; Speyer, James, 1861-1941; Perkins, George W. (George Walbridge), 1862-1920; Harriman, Edward Henry, 1848-1909

Date: 1903-07-16

Letter from Leslie M. Shaw to Theodore Roosevelt

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Secretary of the Treasury Shaw met with Mr. Glover regarding the financial situation and was surprised at Glover's lack of optimism. However, Shaw believes that the financial interests of Rockefeller, Gould, and Morgan are too interconnected for any of them to let a single one fail. He is still investigating the situation in Ohio.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Economic policy; Financial crises; Business failures; Business and politics; Ohio; Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937

Date: 1903-10-10

Letter from E. M. Glasgow to Theodore Roosevelt

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E. M. Glasgow wants to forestall efforts by large corporations to see that Roosevelt is defeated in the upcoming presidential election. He discusses recent copper mine closures in Montana by Amalgamated Copper Company.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Copper mines and mining; Montana; Methodist Episcopal Church; Heinze, F. Augustus (Frederick Augustus), 1869-1914; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Wellman, Walter, 1858-1934; Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Date: 1904-01-07

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