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This humorous cartoon illustration depicts a grasshopper standing upright with a crutch, eye patch, and a sling holding his left arm. By his side is a small suitcase. The countryside in the background has been completely stripped of all greenery, with only tree trunks and twigs surviving. In 1874, Kansas was hit with a grasshopper plague that destroyed most of the farmers' crops.

Date: 1875

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This source could be used to demonstrate to students how, in tough times, using humor can make life more bearable. This cartoon could be grouped with other sources dealing with the plague, such as newspaper articles about the grasshopper infestation or John William Gardiner's diary.

KS:7th:3.7:Challenges of Settlement (2005)

Item Number: 265
Call Number: QL.1 G *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 265

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