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This political cartoon from the satirical Puck magazine illustrates the Republican perception of the People's (Populist) Party belief in the coinage of silver and the redistribution of wealth to the masses. In the cartoon, Populist senator William Peffer uses a bellows to propel the windmill of the U.S. Treasury in order to pump out more "greenbacks." Outside the windmill, farmers are hungrily grabbing bags of money and carting them away in wagons. Billboards in the nearby town refer to the rapid inflation caused by the distribution of so much money.

Creator: Puck
Date: Between 1880 and 1900

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This political cartoon effectively demonstrates the Republican's fears of inflation and the potentially harmful repercussions of more printed money and the coinage of silver. The imagery will be easy for seventh-grade students to comprehend.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210559
Call Number: Oversize B P348 v. 2, Peffer Cartoon Scrapbook
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210559

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