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This political cartoon from the Ottawa Journal and Triumph, published in Franklin County, presents the Populist perspective on big business and its ties to the government. In the cartoon, a puppet master (with a hat that reads "corporations") controls five marionettes, labeled with official positions such as "major," "judge," and "governor." The largest marionette, at the center, is President Grover Cleveland.

Creator: Ottawa Journal and Triumph
Date: July 12, 1894

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This cartoon would serve as an excellent introduction to discussions about why the Populists believed that reform was necessary. Students can use this to understand how the government and big business were tied together.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210796
Call Number: K329.84 P39 v. 1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210796

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