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The same old thing

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At top, a laborer daydreams he has the ears of a mule and carries a banner that states, "Strike! No Surrender! Down with Capital!" He is being led over barricades by a "Walking Delegate" who gestures toward a laborer standing with one foot on a prostrate industrialist. At the bottom is depicted the reality of an unemployed laborer's waking life of familial discord, though he still has the ears of a mule. Caption: Same old day-dream. Same old awakening.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Dreams; Strikes and lockouts; Labor leaders; Unemployment; Families

Date: 1895-03-20

Triumph for the walking-delegate

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A well-dressed union representative labeled "Walking Delegate" stands outside a prison cell, holding a paper that states "Law to Prohibit Convict Labor in State Prisons." A dejected prisoner sits in the cell. Caption: But idleness, misery and insanity for the unfortunate convict.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Labor unions; Labor leaders; Criminals; Convict labor; Prisons; Unemployment; Boredom; Depression, Mental; Labor laws and legislation

Date: 1897-02-10.

The political vaudeville

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The business representative or "walking delegate" for the Pennsylvania coal miners' union does a song and dance on a stage for the benefit of striking coal miners. Lurking in the shadows is a man labeled "Manager Jones." Caption: The walking delegate in his latest popular song, -- "No matter what happens, I'm always on top."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Strikes and lockouts--Miners; Miners--Labor unions; Labor leaders; Corruption; Vaudeville; Pennsylvania

Date: 1900-10-24

He took the bull by the horns; but--

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John Mitchell, president of the United Mine Workers of America, grasps an angry bull labeled "Coal Operators' Combine" by the horns. The cartoonist is suggesting that the bull might get the better of him.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Bulls; Coal; Labor leaders; Strikes and lockouts--Miners; Mitchell, John, 1870-1919

Date: 1902-10-15

The microbe of unionism

Description:

A "Labor Agitator" sits in the center with strings attached to marionettes or puppets from all walks of life and social classes. The vignettes around the central figure show these puppets in actual life situations as union leaders and labor agitators. Depicted are a "Walking Delegate" who is "willin' ter arbitrate" with a school principal on behalf of his son, and "The Progressive Prisoner," a "Labor Agitator," an "Infant Class Agitator," and "Madame President" of the "Marriageable Women's Union," as well as "The District President" of the "Cook Ladies' Union," also school-ground bullies who prevent children from getting an education.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Anarchism; Labor leaders; Labor unions; Strikes and lockouts

Date: 1903-01-14

Unionism or the National Guard?

Description:

A laborer stands at center holding a rifle labeled "Law and Order" and a National Guard uniform labeled "Patriotism" which he is offering to Uncle Sam who is standing on the left with his hands behind his back. Standing on the right, behind the laborer, is a man labeled "Labor Agitator," holding a whip that spells out the word "Expulsion." He makes it clear to the laborer that he must choose between the union and service to the government. Caption: The Labor Agitator -- Give dem soldier clothes up! Yer can't serve me and him, too!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Labor leaders; Labor unions; Militia; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)

Date: 1903-01-28

Liberty?

Description:

A caricature of the Statue of Liberty replaces Liberty with a labor union "Walking Delegate." His torch is labeled "Lawlessness" and he holds a tablet labeled "Tyranny." At the base are crowds of immigrants disembarking from boats, as other boats stream across the sea from a location marked with a sign that states "To the Land of the Free."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Immigrants; Labor leaders; Labor unions; Sculpture; Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.)

Date: 1903-04-29

In the court of public opinion

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A police officer holding a hat labeled "Law and Order" stands in a courtroom with a labor union "Walking Delegate" who has papers showing in his pocket labeled "Bribes" and "Broken Contract." They are standing before Uncle Sam who is wearing the judicial robes of the judge. Caption: The Justice -- You've distrubed the peace long enough and I've a mind to sentence you to hard labor - a most severe sentence in your case.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Corruption; Labor leaders; Labor unions; Police; Public opinion; Trial practice; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)

Date: 1903-06-17

Skilled labor

Description:

A labor union "Walking Delegate" with one hand pulls money from the pocket of a diminutive figure labeled "Employer" and with the other hand pulls money from the pocket of another diminutive figure labeled "Working Man."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Interpersonal relations; Labor leaders; Labor unions; Pickpockets

Date: 1903-07-01

In unions there is strength!

Description:

A man labeled "Employer's Union" and a man labeled "Workingman's Union" drink a toast while sitting on the back of a man sprawled on the ground, clutching papers labeled "Bribes" and "Broken Contracts." His hat nearby is labeled "Walking Delegate." There are factories in the background.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Labor unions; Labor leaders

Date: 1903-07-22

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