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A pretty tough mouthful to swallow

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Print shows the British Lion, wearing a helmet, circling around Paul Kruger who looks like a South African porcupine, his back covered with bayonets. The Lion finds Kruger unapproachable.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Lions; Bayonets; Porcupines; Kruger, Paul, 1825-1904

Date: 1899-10-11

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson

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Governor Roosevelt responds to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson's letter about the South African War. He discusses the Boers and military leadership, and draws comparisons to the Spanish-American War. He requests that Ferguson visit the following Saturday.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); War; Military leadership; Africa, Southern; Puerto Rico--San Juan; Shafter, William Rufus, 1835-1906; Buller, Redvers, 1839-1908

Date: 1899-10-28

The beginning and the end

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Print shows Paul Kruger taking "John Bull" by the horns above a notice that states "'Oom Paul's Ultimatum to John Bull"; then shows Kruger being tossed into the air by the bull.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); John Bull (Symbolic character); Bulls; Kruger, Paul, 1825-1904

Date: 1899-11-08

A tempting opportunity

Description:

Print shows the British Lion attempting to put out the flames of a campfire labeled "South African War." In the background are two figures labeled "Russia" and "France," holding large pincers, who are pondering the idea of nipping the tail of the British Lion while it is occupied on South Africa.

Caption: The Friendly Foes--Oh! What a lovely chance to pull its tail!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Lions; Signs and symbols; Campfires

Date: 1899-11-15

"Wireless telegraphy"

Description:

Print shows John Bull labeled "England" standing on a rock labeled "South Africa," holding a sword in one hand and a British flag labeled "Good Will" in the other; he is looking back at Uncle Sam who is standing on ground labeled "U.S." and holding aloft an American flag labeled "Good Will."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); John Bull (Symbolic character); Communication; Telegraph, Wireless; Flags; International relations; South Africa; Great Britain; United States

Date: 1899-11-29

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

Governor Roosevelt writes about the possibilities of being renominated for Governor of New York or chosen as a vice-presidential candidate. Roosevelt discusses the Second Boer War and the potentially dangerous commonalities between Great Britain's military preparedness and that of the United States. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Nominations for office; Vice-Presidential candidates; Presidents--Nomination; Military readiness--Social aspects; Military readiness; South Africa; Great Britain; Canada; Australia; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Payn, Louis Frisbie, 1835-1923; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Carow, Emily Tyler, 1865-1939

Date: 1899-12-17

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

Governor Roosevelt gives Anna Roosevelt Cowles his great thanks for her valuable Christmas gifts and shares details about his family's activities on the day. He is pleased that everyone is healthy and although he is working hard, he is happy. He also discusses the war in South Africa briefly.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Christmas; Gifts; Thank-you notes; Presidents--Nomination; Nominations for office; South Africa; Great Britain; Washington (D.C.); Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Hunter, Whiteside Godfrey, 1841-1917; Kitchener, Horatio Herbert Kitchener, Earl, 1850-1916; Roberts, Frederick Sleigh Roberts, Earl, 1832-1914; Carow, Emily Tyler, 1865-1939; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Odell, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Barker), 1854-1926; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Roosevelt, Quentin, 1897-1918

Date: 1899-12-27

A long range assault

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A devilish-looking man holding an ink-tipped quill labeled "French Press" stands on a pedestal labeled "Paris," gleefully kicking up his left foot labeled "Insults" toward the British Lion, in the background, who is engaged in war in the Transvaal. Behind the "French Press" is a press spewing "Venomous Articles" and "Spite Cartoons." Caption: French Press--Me kick at the British Lion? Boo! Who's afraid? Fashodia [sic] is avenged!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Fashoda Crisis (1898); Journalism; Press; France

Date: 1900-01-03

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

Governor Roosevelt does not want the vice presidency; instead he wants to continue to be governor, where he believes he can accomplish more. With regard to the Second Boer War, Roosevelt sympathizes with the British, for he sees that they and the Boers are both fighting for that in which they believe. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Philippine American War (Philippines : 1899-1902); South African War (1899-1902); Nominations for office; Cabinet officers--Selection and appointment; Political ethics; Military ethics; International relations--Moral and ethical aspects; South Africa--Transvaal; South Africa; Great Britain; Mexico; Spain; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Payn, Louis Frisbie, 1835-1923; Payne, Henry C. (Henry Clay), 1843-1904

Date: 1900-02-02

Letter from E. Montagu White to Frederick Courteney Selous

Description:

E. Montagu White met with Governor Roosevelt and found him to be sympathetic to the Boers. However, Roosevelt did not think he would have an opportunity to assist those who are working for peace and conciliation. White thinks that American public opinion is overwhelmingly on the side of the republics. White does not regret having come to the United States but is finding it difficult to imagine a committee that would bring pressure on the administration to work for peace.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Afrikaners; Meetings; Peace movements; Public opinion; Travel; Peace; Mediation, International; England; England--London--Westminster; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1900-02-05

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