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This cartoon, from the cover of the satirical magazine Judge, illustrates the "birth" of the Populist Party. Hovering over the chick (who has a banner on his straw hat labeled "Farmer's Alliance") is a rooster symbolizing the Republican Party, and a chicken, representing the Democratic Party. The subtitle reads, "THE LITTLE CHICK (to old parties -- "You're too big for me just now, 'tis true, but I'll lick you both in '92. Cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo!!"

Creator: Judge Magazine
Date: June 13, 1891

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This easy-to-understand cartoon illustrates the birth of a third-party system (albeit a short-lived one) and how the established parties were displeased with this development (both the rooster and the chicken are looking at the hatchling with scorn). Students could also talk about why the chicken is holding an umbrella with a donkey head on the handle, and why the Republican rooster is dressed in finery.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210805
Call Number: Oversize B P348 v. 1, Peffer Cartoon Scrapbook
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210805

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