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The other side

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A large group of happy animals gather around a sign that states "Meeting to thank the Meat Trust for raising prices." A bull stands on a platform, addressing the gathering. Caption: The Orator -- Let us give thanks, my friends, to the noble Meat Trust for putting up prices. In Europe the laborer has meat once a week. Here he has been eating it three times a day. The higher we come the longer we live.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Food prices; Meat industry and trade; Animals

Date: 1902-04-23

Letter from Herschel V. Jones to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Herschel V. Jones asks President Roosevelt for advice on how to let Mr. Hill know of an upcoming interview, whether they let him know directly or through another channel. There is also the issue of the case against the meat trust. Jones includes statistics for Roosevelt showing that the market is not much different than it had been before the meat trust. Jones urges a more conservative approach.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Trusts, Industrial; Meat industry and trade

Date: 1902-04-27

As to the beef trust

Description:

Puck offers a large axe labeled "Repeal of Beef Tariff" to Philander C. Knox who is holding a tiny sling-shot labeled "Sherman Anti-Trust Law." Standing in the background is a large bull labeled "Beef Trust." Caption: Puck (to Attorney-General Knox) -- You'll never hurt that animal until they give you this ax!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Antitrust law; Axes; Bulls; Meat industry and trade; Tariff; Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921

Date: 1902-05-14

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes to Henry Cabot Lodge about his concerns regarding the butchers' strike and the Colorado matter. Roosevelt acknowledges that Alton Parker made a skillful political maneuver by coming out in favor of the gold standard during the last moments of the Democratic Convention, and Roosevelt reviews his political strategy for the rest of the campaign.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Strikes and lockouts--Meat industry; Labor unions; Elections; Political campaigns; Currency question; Silver question; Political conventions; Labor movement; Press and politics; Colorado; Wisconsin; West Virginia; New Jersey; New York (State); Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America; Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Parker, Alton B. (Alton Brooks), 1852-1926; Kean, John, 1852-1914; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908

Date: 1904-07-14

Letter from William H. Taft to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Secretary of War Taft is troubled by the cost of the Philippines exhibit at the fair. He informs President Roosevelt when he will arrive in Washington and discusses other matters, such as the meat strike and Alton B. Parker. Taft notes the contrast between Secretary Cortelyou and any Democrat that is likely to be selected, which he believes the public will notice. He also mentions his vacation and diet.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Exhibitions; Reducing diets; Vacations; Strikes and lockouts--Meat industry; Philippines; Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America; Parker, Alton B. (Alton Brooks), 1852-1926; Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940

Date: 1904-07-23

Letter from Herman Henry Kohlsaat to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Herman Henry Kohlsaat discusses the packing house strike, probably referring to a strike by members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters. He believes it will be a "long drawn out affair" and notes that the union has little money in its treasury. Kohlsaat also compliments President Roosevelt on his speech.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Strikes and lockouts--Meat industry; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America; Harrison, Carter H. (Carter Henry), 1860-1953

Date: 1904-07-28

Letter from Herman Henry Kohlsaat to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Herman Henry Kohlsaat reports on the strike, most likely referring to a strike by members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters. He informs President Roosevelt that public opinion is against the strikers and advises him not to "let them drag you into it in any way."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Strikes and lockouts--Meat industry; Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America

Date: 1904-07-30

Finds packers break the laws

Description:

Mary Eleanor O'Donnell reports on the conditions found among women strike-breakers in the stockyard plants of Chicago. She describes her experience working as a strike-breaker in the kitchen at Swift & Co.'s, noting the unsanitary environment and difficult working conditions. O'Donnell provides 15 facts she found from her investigation into the condition the strike-breakers housed in stock yard plants, including the violation of city laws, "the bringing of paupers and criminals to the city to fill the places of strikers," the "distribution of impure, vile foodstuffs," unsanitary conditions likely to spread disease, and the disregard of moral laws.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Strikes and lockouts--Meat industry; Strikebreakers; Industrial housing; Women food service employees; Undercover operations; Investigations; Stockyards; Packing-houses; Work environment; Sanitation--Health aspects; Illinois--Chicago

Date: 1904-08-19

Ready for the next

Description:

Uncle Sam, as a matador, wipes the blood off his sword after dispatching a bull labeled "Beef Trust" in a bullring with a portly man labeled "Monopoly" anxiously leaning over the wall.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Bullfighters; Bull rings; Meat industry and trade; Monopolies; Running the bulls; Trusts, Industrial; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)

Date: 1905-02-22

Saint bovine

Description:

James R. Garfield, Commissioner of Corporations, is an artist finishing a large mural of a bull, "Saint Bovine," sitting on a cornucopia overflowing with cuts of meat. Caption: Suggested decoration for the Senate Chamber at Washington.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Artists; Cornucopias; Meat industry and trade; Trusts, Industrial; Garfield, James Rudolph, 1865-1950

Date: 1905-03-29

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