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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

The honor of the country in danger

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The spirits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln look at a throne draped with an American flag beneath a sign that states, "This coming term will end the first hundred years of the American presidency. Shall the century begun with Washington at the head of government end in disgrace with James G. Blaine in that sacred chair?" Below is Blaine, tattooed with scandals and frightened by the shades of past presidents, his hat labeled "Corruption" falling off, with his foot on the first step toward the presidency. Leaning against his back is Jay Gould holding a paper that states "Four Supreme Court judges to be appointed by the next president." Also behind Blaine, on his hands and knees, is Stephen W. Dorsey, next to a paper on the floor that states, "Honesty No Requisite for the Presidency (Blaine's Theory)." On the right stands Benjamin F. Butler as a court jester labeled "Barcain with Blaine."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Corruption; Scandals; Fools and jesters; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Washington, George, 1732-1799; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893

Date: 1884-10-29

Letter from Henry Cabot Lodge to Theodore Roosevelt

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Henry Cabot Lodge praises Theodore Roosevelt's work and his latest book and shares reviews of his own work on George Washington.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Books and reading; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920; Washington, George, 1732-1799

Date: 1889-07-15

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Torrey Morse

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Theodore Roosevelt compliments author John Torrey Morse on his biographical publications on Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, making notes of specific details he enjoyed.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Authors; Presidents; American literature--Biography; Compliments; Books and reading; Washington, George, 1732-1799; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Date: 1893-05-05

American Ideals

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Theodore Roosevelt writes of the importance of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in American history. Original title of the article was "True American Ideals."

Resource Type: Magazine article

Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Washington, George, 1732-1799

Date: 1895-02

Union League Club George Washington Birthday program

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Program booklet for the George Washington birthday celebration held by the Union League Club of Chicago on February 22, 1896. Commissioner Roosevelt gave the commemorative address. The program features a fully notated printing of "America."

Resource Type: Program

Subject: Washington's Birthday; Presidents--Anniversaries, etc.; Patriotic music; Illinois--Chicago; Washington, George, 1732-1799; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1896-02-22

We are not a nation of swindlers!

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The statue of George Washington, full-length, stands with right arm raised and with fasces behind him, at Federal Hall on Wall Street, New York City. A large crowd of men is standing on steps, among them William "McKinley," holding a flag that states "The National Honor Must Be Upheld," and from left, "Phelps, Carlisle, Sherman, Buckner, Palmer, Harrison, Hobart, Cleveland, [and] Flower."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Election; Political parties--Platforms; Politicians; Fasces; Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914; Palmer, John M. (John McAuley), 1817-1900; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Flower, Roswell Pettibone, 1835-1899; Washington, George, 1732-1799; Phelps, Edward John, 1822-1900; Hobart, Garret A. (Garret Augustus), 1844-1899

Date: 1896-10-21

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Davis Long

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Congressman Hawley would like the torpedo boat flotilla and one additional ship to be in Galveston for George Washington's birthday, February 22. Assistant Secretary Roosevelt hopes that Secretary Long will consider this request as Hawley is a "a clean, straight, able Republican."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Politicians--Conduct of life; Ships; Torpedo-boats; Texas--Galveston; United States. Navy; Hawley, Robert Bradley, 1849-1921; Washington, George, 1732-1799

Date: 1898-01-03

The immortal George

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At center, George Washington is being questioned about cutting down a cherry tree. Vignettes around him show Washington as a lover, a joke writer, a lawyer, a preacher, a street vendor selling food, a husband arriving home late and drunk, a friend, and a newspaper editor. In each vignette Washington strives to "Always Tell the Truth," which in all situations fails him. He has no clients, no parishioners, no sales, and is about to be sued for "Libel." He is not likely to sell any jokes, get a date, or mollify an angry wife.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Honesty; Washington, George, 1732-1799

Date: 1898-02-23

Catching the celestial ballot

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Illustration showing two Irishmen discussing a portrait of George Washington. Caption: Clancy. -- I wonder whoi Washington wore a pigtail? Casey. -- Sure, oi dunno! Mebby Chinamin hod votes in thim days!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Stereotypes (Social psychology); Irish; Washington, George, 1732-1799

Date: 1900-02-21

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