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Our Indian policy - a house of cards

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Print shows Uncle Sam sitting at a table outside an "Indian Store" with Natives and government agents gathered around; he was constructing a house of cards labeled "Indian Policy" until the government agents and a man standing on a box labeled "Boston Sentimentalist" leaned over and blew on it, knocking it down.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Indians of North America--Government relations; Card games; Indian agents

Date: 1881-09-14

Arthur's awkward "white elephant"

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President Chester A. Arthur sits on a rock with a large white elephant that looks like Roscoe Conkling standing next to him Arthur is wondering how to get rid of the elephant. Uncle Sam, holding papers labeled "Conkling Declines," walks away from the "Supreme Court." Roscoe Conkling had turned down Arthur's offer for a position on the Supreme Court. Caption: "How shall I ever get rid of him? It won't do for me to have him on my hands in 1884!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Elephants; United States. Supreme Court; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888

Date: 1882-03-15

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

The anti-Chinese wall

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Print shows Uncle Sam using "Congressional Mortar" and building blocks carried by ethnic workers to construct a wall with the stones. The stones are labeled "Law against Race, Prejudice, Jealousy, Competition, Fear, Anti Low Wages, Non-Reciprocity, [and] Congressional Blunders." Across a river, in the background, Chinese workers work with picks to dismantle the Great Wall, as China opens its doors to trading with the West.  Caption: The American wall goes up as the Chinese original goes down.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Stone walls; Racism; Ethnicity; Foreign workers; China--Great Wall of China

Date: 1882-03-29

Uncle Sam's lodging-house

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Print shows an Irishman confronting Uncle Sam in a boarding house filled with laborers, immigrants from several countries who are attempting to sleep. The "Frenchman, Japanese, Negro, Russian, Italian," and "German" sleep peacefully. The "Irishman" kicks up a row. He has thrown such bricks as "The Chinese must go," "Recall Lowell," and "Irish independence" at Uncle Sam and the female figure of liberty standing on the left. He disturbs a "Chinese" man and an "Englishman," who are in the berths next to him. Caption: Uncle Sam - "Look here, you, everybody else is quiet and peaceable, and you're all the time a-kicking up a row!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Lodging-houses; Immigrants; Sleep; Boardinghouses; Liberty

Date: 1882-06-07

The great congressional tramp bullying the old women of the national household

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George M. Robeson, shabbily dressed as a tramp, stands in a doorway. Joseph W. Keifer, as a small dog with a cap labeled "Speaker" tied to its tail, stands behind Robeson, and on the floor at his feet is a broken plate labeled, "Appropriations $182,496,018 Administration 1868-76." He carries a club labeled "Repn. Leadership" and branded on the palm of his left hand is the word "More." His appearance in the doorway frightens the "Old Women" of Congress who were gathered around a table, drinking tea. Depicted wearing women's dress are William Windom standing behind the door labeled "Congress," John P. Jones spilling a pot of tea, John Sherman fainting, John A. Logan labeled "306" and supporting Sherman, James D. Cameron also labeled "306," Frank Hiscock, George F. Edmunds, David Davis eating an "Independent Plum," Benjamin W. Harris and Abram S. Hewitt locking the "Appropriations Pantry," and William P. Frye hiding behind a chair. Uncle Sam and Puck appear at far left, running toward the building.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Tramps; Dining rooms; Dinners and dining; Economic policy; United States. Congress; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Frye, William P. (William Pierce), 1831-1911; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Windom, William, 1827-1891; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Hiscock, Frank, 1834-1914; Harris, B. W. (Benjamin Winslow), 1823-1907

Date: 1882-07-12

Coney Island and the crowned heads

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Print shows Uncle Sam welcoming several heads of state labeled "Pan-Slavism, Nihilism, Socialism, Pauperism, Communism [represented by Marianne], Fenianism, Mormonism [wearing a fez], [and] Spain" to a swim at Coney Island; they have emerged from bathhouses labeled "Austria, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, [and] England" and stand in the water. Caption: Why shouldn't the wearied monarchs of Europe enjoy a plunge in our republican waters?

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Marianne (French emblem); Heads of state; Economics; European communities--Politics and government; Swimming; Beaches; Bathhouses; Crowns; New York (State)--New York--Coney Island; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901; Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; William I, German Emperor, 1797-1888

Date: 1882-07-19

Congressional cracksmen

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"Policeman Puck" and Uncle Sam investigate a robbery at the U.S. Treasury. A safe has been broken into and a barrel labeled "150,000,000 $ Surplus" is empty, and there is a hole in the floor which leads to the Congressional chamber, below. A crumpled notice on the floor of the chamber states, "Congressional Theatre - The Hit of the Season!!! 'The 40 Thieves' - Keifer manager, Robeson property man." The robbery happens to coincide with the end of the first session of the 47th Congress. A ladder labeled "Adjournment of Congress" leans against an open window, supported by John A. Logan and John Sherman, as Horace F. Page and two other Congressmen descend. Other Congressmen, among them George M. Robeson carrying a sack labeled "Navy Appropriation" and James D. Cameron dragging a sack labeled "River & Harbor," are headed for their home states carrying sacks with "$" on them. Caption: Policeman Puck to Uncle Sam--"This is the work of Professionals!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Legislators; Criminals; Patronage, Political; Economic policy; Safes; Robbery; United States. Congress; United States. Department of the Treasury; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Page, Horace F. (Horace Francis), 1833-1890; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1882-08-16

Uncle Sam's neglected farm

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Print shows Puck's "Independent Party" figure, holding a hoe labeled "Civil Service Reform" and talking to Uncle Sam who is sitting on a fence. Two figures argue on the right. One is labeled "Democrat, Bourbonism, Secession Record, [and] Stupidity." The other is labeled "Republican, Monopoly, Pension Swindle, River & Harbor Steal, Credit Mobilier, [and] Bossism." At their feet are farm tools and jugs labeled, "Corruption Bourbonism" and "Spoils Switchel." In the background are farm outbuildings labeled "Navy Dept., Post, Interior, [and] Indian." Caption: New and Independent Party: "Look here, Uncle Sam, isn't it about time you got rid of those two quarrelsome fellows, and gave the job to ME?"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Civil service reform; Political parties--Platforms; Quarreling; Farms; Outbuildings; National Independent Party (U.S.); Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1882-08-23

"Take the next car!"

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A streetcar labeled "Republican Protection Line" and "Congress 47" rounds a curve with a crowd of men standing on the rear platform. Among them is the conductor labeled "Keifer" and Frank Hiscock. Uncle Sam, holding a basket with papers labeled "Silver Problem, Pension Reform, Our Navy, Civil Service, [and] Int. Revenue Reform," stands beside the tracks, shaking his umbrella at the passing car as Keifer tells him to "take the next car." With Uncle Sam are a young child labeled "Anti-Monopoly" and a young woman holding an infant labeled "Tariff Reform." The next car on the tracks is labeled "Democratic Puzzle-Line" and "48," which is being pulled by a tired-looking donkey.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Reform movement; Public administration--Political aspects; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Electric railroads; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Hiscock, Frank, 1834-1914

Date: 1883-03-07

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