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This political cartoon from the satirical magazine Judge depicts a farmer (representing Uncle Sam) standing in his wheat field talking to a Democrat and two Populists, "Sockless" Jerry Simpson and William Peffer, both from Kansas. These three men are attempting to convince the farmer of the importance of free trade and free silver, but he remains satisfied with the current situation. Meanwhile, across the sea in Europe, there are starving peasants begging for relief. The cartoon is meant as a criticism of the Populists' and Democrats' desire to "save" farmers. Judge magazine, created by artists who had worked at Puck magazine and who allied with the Republican Party, began in 1881.

Creator: Judge Magazine
Date: 1891

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This source could be used in the classroom to generate discussion about whether or not the Populists understood the needs of farmers. By depicting this farmer as self-sufficient and financially stable, the unidentified cartoonist illustrates the perceived ridiculousness of the Populist agenda.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210799
Call Number: Oversize B P348 v. 2, Peffer Cartoon Scrapbook
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210799

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