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A party of patches

A party of patches
Creator: Judge Magazine
Date: June 6, 1891
This political cartoon drawn by Bernard Gilliam was copied from the satirical magazine Judge presents the Republican perception of the People's (Populist) Party. The artist depicts the People's Party as a hot air balloon made up of a patchwork of pieces, with each piece labeled with the name of the political organization or party that has been subsumed under the banner of the Populists. Some of the more recognizable "patches" include the Prohibition Party, the Greenback Party, the Farmer's Alliance, and the Knights of Labor Party. Inside the balloon's basket are two leading Populists from Kansas, William Peffer and "Sockless" Jerry Simpson.


Are these noble statesmen and lawmakers fighting for the interests of the workers? Oh, dear, NO

Are these noble statesmen and lawmakers fighting for the interests of the workers? Oh, dear, NO
Creator: Walker, Ryan, 1870-1932
Date: June 1, 1912
Political cartoon drawn by Ryan Walker for the socialist newspaper, Appeal to Reason, which was published in Girard, Kansas. The cartoon depicts a concerned worker watching Republican presidential candidate William Taft and Progressive presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt brawl and curse. Socialist candidate Eugene Debs and his running mate Emil Seidel received 6% of the popular vote in the 1912 election.


Christian Balzac Hoffman

Christian Balzac Hoffman
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
A photograph showing Christian Balzac (C.B.) Hoffman seated in a chair reading a book. Born in Switzerland, where his family was in the milling business, C. B immigrated with his family to Wisconsin and then Kansas. The family originally located in Leavenworth when they came to Kansas but they moved to Dickinson County where C. B.'s father Christian was one of the founders of Enterprise, Kansas. After college, C. B. joined his father's milling business but he was involved in numerous other businesses. C. B. Hoffman was active in politics and evolved from a Republican to a Populist to a Socialist. As his beliefs evolved, he gradually cut ties with family in Enterprise. By 1910, he was divorced from his first wife and Hoffman and his second wife were living in Kansas City, Kansas. He ran for U.S. Senator from Kansas on the Socialist ticket in 1914.


Gaspar Christopher Clemens

Gaspar Christopher Clemens
Creator: Downing, George
Date: Unknown
This black and white photograph shows Gasper Christopher Clemens. A Topeka attorney who represented clients from all walks of life. Clemens also gained the reputation as a lecturer who discussed the political issues of the day. When the Populist Party gained momentum in Kansas, Clemens became an active member and served in several positions. One was as legal adviser to Populist Governor Lorenzo D. Lewelling and the other as a court reporter to the Kansas Supreme Court. His battle for justice and equality for the common man, prompted Clemens to break away from the Populist Party, in 1897, and organize within the state the Socialist Party. In 1900, Clemens became the Socialist candidate for Kansas Governor and received about 1,200 votes. With this encouragement, he became the 1902 Socialist candidate for attorney general but was unsuccessful in his bid. After the defeat Clemens returned to his law practice to advocate and defend those in need.


Gasper Christopher Clemens

Gasper Christopher Clemens
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
This black and white photograph shows Gasper Christopher Clemens. A Topeka attorney who represented clients from all walks of life whom were believed to be falsely accused or denied their personal rights. Clemens also gained the reputation as a lecturer who discussed the political issues of the day. When the Populist Party gained momentum in Kansas, Clemens became an active member and served in several positions. One of those positions was legal adviser to Populist Governor Lorenzo D. Lewelling, and the other as court reporter to the Kansas Supreme Court. His battle for justice and equality for the common man prompted Clemens to break away from the Populist Party, in 1897, and to organize within the state the Socialist Party. In 1900, Clemens became the Socialist candidate for Kansas Governor and received about 1,200 votes. With this encouragement, he became the 1902 Socialist candidate for attorney general but was unsuccessful in his bid. After his defeat, Clemens returned to his law practice to advocate and defend those in need.


George D. Brewer

George D. Brewer
Date: Between 1914 and 1916
This black and white photograph shows George D. Brewer. An active member of the Socialist Party in Crawford County, Kansas, Brewer served as the leading journalist for the party's newspapers the "Appeal to Reason" and the "Worker's Chronicle". In the spring of 1914 he was elected as a national committeeman to the Socialist Party. The honor and privilege of being a delegate to the national party gave Brewer the name recognition he needed. In November of 1914, he was elected on the Socialist ticket to the Kansas Legislature. Brewer served the Twentieth District of the House of Representatives, (1914 -1916). In the November general election, of 1916, Brewer was defeated by Republican candidate F.A. Jewell, by a vote of 3,373 to 3,034. He return to private life after his political career and lectured for the Non-Partisan League in Minnesota and North Dakota. He passed away in January of 1967.


Isaac Gilberg

Isaac Gilberg
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
This is a postcard of Isaac Gilberg, president of the Topeka Socialist League.


The key to culture

The key to culture
Creator: Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
Date: 1928
Book edited by Emmanuel Haldeman-Julius of Girard, Kansas, describing the cultural distinctiveness of Buddhism and Confusionism found in Indian and Chinese society. Due to copyright restrictions, only the cover of the book is available in Kansas Memory at this time.


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