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This political cartoon from the satirical magazine Judge illustrates the Republican perception of the Democratic Party and Peoples' (Populist) Party by adapting a classic story from Gulliver's Travels. The cartoon depicts politicians, activists, and wealthy Americans tying down a giant man who symbolizes industrial prosperity. The ties stretching across his lower body represent "tariff tinkering" and "free silver," political issues where many Democrats and Populists were in agreement. William Peffer, a Kansas Populist, stands on a podium near the center giving a speech about silver. Judge magazine, created by artists who had previously worked for the well-known magazine Puck, began in 1881.
Creator: Judge Magazine
Date: Between 1890 and 1895
This cartoon demonstrates how Republicans, such as the artists at Judge magazine, responded to the calls for free silver (which was a major component of the Populist platform). It could also be used to illustrate how the Democrats and Populists were in agreement on some key issues. Also, because this connects to a classic piece of literature, students can discuss why the artists at Judge chose this particular imagery.
Item Number: 210798
Call Number: B P348 v. 2, Peffer Cartoon Scrapbook
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210798
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) - Republican perspective on Populism
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - Rise of the third-party system
Date - 1890s - 1890
Date - 1890s - 1891
Date - 1890s - 1892
Date - 1890s - 1893
Date - 1890s - 1894
Date - 1890s - 1895
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Congress - Senate - Peffer, William Alfred
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Congress - Senate - Simpson, Jeremiah
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Democrat
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