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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Bulloch Gracie

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Theodore Roosevelt and his friends set off large numbers of fireworks over the Fourth of July and they all have some burns. Corinne Roosevelt had an asthma attack but has recovered. Roosevelt is now permitted to stay in the water as long as he likes but he was almost drowned the other day after being caught under water. He is studying English, French, German, and Latin.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Fourth of July; Fireworks; Swimming; Language and languages--Study and teaching; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Roosevelt, Elliott, 1860-1894; Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933; Cowles, Anna Roosevelt, 1855-1931

Date: 1872-07-07

The political Sodom and Gomorrah are doomed to destruction

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Print shows an angel labeled "New Party" with wings labeled "Tariff-Reform" and "Anti-Monopoly" leading two small orphan children labeled "Political Honesty" and "Political Wisdom" to safety, away from the fires, ignited by lightning labeled "Public Condemnation," that are consuming "Republican Sodom" and "Democratic Gomorrah." Caption: But peradventure the New Party will save these two little orphans from the burning and bring them up for us.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Tariff; Ethics; Orphans; Angels; Fires; Bible stories; Middle East--Sodom (Extinct city); Middle East--Gomorrah (Extinct city); National Independent Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Democratic Party (U.S.)

Date: 1882-05-10

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Martha Bulloch Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt reviews the Fourth of July festivities that took place with the Lee family at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. There were fireworks, tennis, and Roosevelt "played bear" with the children. He will be leaving for home on Saturday and intends to study law in "John's office" a few days a week.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Fourth of July celebrations; Fireworks; Entertaining; Travel--Planning; Law--Study and teaching; Roosevelt, Alice Lee, 1861-1884; Lee, George Cabot, 1830-1910

Date: 1882-07-05

Puck's pyrotechnics - Fourth-of-July fireworks free to all

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Print shows a fireworks display with Puck bowing on a stage in front of a "Fan Light" featuring the likenesses of William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and Jay Gould; on stage with Puck is a hand holding a smoldering torch which may represent Bartholdi's hand and torch from the Statue of Liberty. On the left is a pagoda labeled "Puck Office" and on the right is a building labeled "Tammany Hall." Among the fireworks are many faces of politicians and other prominent figures of the day, some labeled by type of firework, such as "Chicago Shower" - Arthur, Grant, Conkling, Logan and Cameron; "Tumbler" - Tilden; "Twister" - Schurz; "The Falling Tammany Star" - Kelly; "Bomb" - Davis; "Junk Whizzler" - Robeson; "Polar Rocket" - Bennett; "Buster" - Butler; and "Star Route Staggerer" - Dorsey. Others shown are James G. Blaine, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Tilton(?), Thomas De Witt Talmage, and Theodore Tilton.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fourth of July; Fourth of July celebrations; Fireworks; Capitalists and financiers; Politicians; Monopolies; Pagodas; Scandals; Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.); Tammany Hall; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt), 1832-1902; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Tilton, Elizabeth M. Richards, 1834-; Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907

Date: 1882-07-05

Gambling with death

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At center, a capitalist sits on money bags labeled "Insurance Money" and leans against several papers labeled "New Policy." He is gambling with the Grim Reaper, while all around them disasters are happening. A panic-stricken crowd flees a burning theater, a hotel and a tenement building are on fire, a side-wheeler steam ship has exploded, an ocean liner sinks, and a railroad train has crashed. At each of these disasters is a notice that states "Heavily Insured." Caption: Too Enterprising American Capitalist - Keep up the game! I can lose nothing - I'm heavily insured.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Grim Reaper (Symbolic character); Insurance; Capitalists and financiers; Gambling; Shipwrecks; Fires; Explosions; Railroad accidents; Death

Date: 1883-01-24

The coming conflagration in the European forest

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In a dark forest a group of men labeled "Irish Invincibles, Nihilists, Austrian Socialists, German Artisans, Republicans, Fanatical Irredentists, [and] Black Hand" carry torches or flaming sticks of dynamite and bombs, disturbing the slumber of various forest creatures labeled "France, Austria, Russia, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Germany, [and] Italy" and the British Lion heading for its lair labeled "India, Africa Malta, Canada, [and] Egypt." A group of businessmen with a firefighter's water pump labeled "Middle Class Conservatism" are hoping to extinguish the flames.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Anarchists; System theory--Political aspects; Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies; Forests and forestry; Europe

Date: 1883-03-21

"Too many cooks spoil the broth"

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Three cooks stand in front of a large hearth. One holds a large spoon labeled "Assembly Committee" and gestures to the others to stop. The second holds a bowl labeled "Special Grand Jury" from which he drops a handful into a large pot. The third holds a box labeled "State Senate Committee" from which he is about to add more ingredients to the large pot labeled "Investigation of the Department of Public Works, New York" heating over a fire labeled "Public Pressure." A man thumbing his nose, who may be Hubert O. Thompson, appears in the steam.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Government investigators; Cooks; Fireplaces; New York (N.Y.). Department of Public Works; Thompson, Hubert O. (Hubert Ogden), 1848-1886

Date: 1884-01-23

Nothing but wind!

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A woman, on the left, labeled "Republican Party," wears a hat labeled "War Record" and uses a bellows to pump "Reform, Purity and Honesty!!" into the ear of a man labeled "Independent Voter." Another woman, on the right, labeled "Democratic Party," wears a hat labeled "Jeffersonian Principles" and uses a bellows to pump "Honesty, Purity, and Reform!!" into the other ear of the man labeled "Independent Voter."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Political parties--Platforms; Fireplaces--Equipment and supplies; Women's clothing; Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1884-04-16

Blaine O'Maine

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James Gillespie Blaine runs through a swamp, chasing a firefly labeled "Presidency" that is thumbing its nose at him. Blaine is leaving a "Bad Political Record" behind him that begins with his "Early Life in Pennsylvania," then "Becoming a Yankee" in Maine and "Being the First Carpet-Bagger," where he was engaged in fishing for "Men and Votes," and then as a Congressman and "Selling Agent of Little-Rock Bonds," and finally as "Secretary of State" and the "American Bismarck." "Mulligan Letters" are depicted throughout. The firefly projects a shadow of Blaine as a wicked hag on the white pages of his past.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Wetlands; Political corruption; Scandals--Political aspects; Fireflies; Shadow-pictures; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893

Date: 1884-04-23

A little private mutual admiration scheme, - Joss Ben and his only priest, Sun-Sun

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Benjamin F. Butler appears as a Chinese man sitting on a pedestal next to a pillar on the left that states "A Goodman Weighing 250 lbs." and a paper lantern labeled "It Shines Only for US" on the right. In front of the pedestal is Charles A. Dana, also as a Chinese man, burning papers that state "Gen. Butler would not take fees from poor widows; he prefers monopolists' fees," "Anecdotes of Butler's kind heart," "Butler's popularity," "Butler's statesmanship," and "Butler's praises." A notice hanging on the wall on the right has been crossed out. It was published in the "New York Sun, September 17th, 1878," and refers to Butler's jump from the Democratic Party.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Allegiance; Fire; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897

Date: 1884-08-27

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