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This political cartoon from the satirical Puck magazine illustrates the Republican perception of the People's (Populist) Party belief in the coinage of silver and the redistribution of wealth to the masses. In the cartoon, Populist senator William Peffer uses a bellows to propel the windmill of the U.S. Treasury in order to pump out more "greenbacks." Outside the windmill, farmers are hungrily grabbing bags of money and carting them away in wagons. Billboards in the nearby town refer to the rapid inflation caused by the distribution of so much money.
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
This political cartoon effectively demonstrates the Republican's fears of inflation and the potentially harmful repercussions of more printed money and the coinage of silver. The imagery will be easy for seventh-grade students to comprehend.
Item Number: 210559
Call Number: Oversize B P348 v. 2, Peffer Cartoon Scrapbook
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210559
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Farmers
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Politicians
Collections - Library
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - "Free silver"
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - Dissolutionment with big business
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - Republican perspective on Populism
Date - 1880s
Date - 1890s
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Congress - Senate - Peffer, William Alfred
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Agencies - Treasury
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Populist
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Republican
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Populism
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Cartoon
People - Notable Kansans - Peffer, William Alfred, 1831-1912
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917 - Populism, 1890-1900
Type of Material - Cartoons - Political