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The tournament of today - a set-to between labor and monopoly

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Print shows a jousting tournament between an oversized knight riding horse-shaped armor labeled "Monopoly" over a locomotive, with a long plume labeled "Arrogance," and carrying a shield labeled "Corruption of the Legislature" and a lance labeled "Subsidized Press," and a barefoot man labeled "Labor" riding an emaciated horse labeled "Poverty,", and carrying a sledgehammer labeled "Strike." On the left is seating "Reserved for Capitalists" where Cyrus W. Field, William H. Vanderbilt, John Roach, Jay Gould, and Russell Sage are sitting. On the right, behind the labor section, are telegraph lines flying monopoly banners that are labeled "Wall St., W.U.T. Co., [and] N.Y.C. RR."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Labor unions; Monopolies; Avarice; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1883-08-01

The cave of despair

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Jay Gould appears as a giant holding a large club labeled "Monopoly," sitting on rocks, gleefully watching a line of downtrodden people entering a cave labeled "Western Union Telegraph Company - All Hope Abandon, Ye Who Enter Here." On the horizon, the sun is labeled "Strike."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Monopolies; Despair; Caves; Giants--Folklore; Labor unions; Strikes and lockouts; Western Union Telegraph Company; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892

Date: 1883-08-29

The slave-market of to-day

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Illustration shows trade union laborers, some in chains labeled "High Tariff" and "Tariff", and one standing on a block labeled "Trade Unions", being auctioned by a man labeled "Protectionist Statesman" to capitalists and manufacturers, among them are Cyrus W. Field and William H. Vanderbilt; in the background is a row of factories. A sign states "Quotations. Average wage for skilled workman $7 a Week or $359 a Year." Caption: "Going - going - lower - lower!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Slave trade; Labor unions; Tariff; Factories; Chains; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892

Date: 1884-01-02

It works both ways

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Illustration shows a man labeled "Labor Union" raising a large club labeled "Boycotting" over his head, about to strike a man labeled "Manufacturer" sitting behind a desk, in the process, he strikes a man labeled "Laborer" sitting on a chair behind him. On the wall in the background are two notices that state "Enforced Idleness for the Manufacturer" and "Enforced Idleness for the Laborer."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Labor unions; Labor; Businesspeople; Boycotts

Date: 1885-11-25

The absurdities of the boycott

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Illustration shows a stupefied laborer reading a notice that states "You are hereby ordered to Boycott as follows. Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York Tribune, Straiton & Storms' Cigars, Thalia Theatre, All Fashionable Clothing Stores, All Turkish Baths, All Champagnes, by order of the Labor Union." All the items, other than the newspaper, are most likely beyond the common laborers financial means. Caption: Bewildered Laborer "I guess the Labor Union is trying to make a fool of me!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Labor unions; Labor; Boycotts; Working class

Date: 1885-12-30

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

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Theodore Roosevelt writes his sister Anna Roosevelt Cowles to relay a story about son Kermit and how the children are enjoying dancing class. He describes New York City as "convulsed" over the Bradley-Martin ball and describes meeting with the heads of labor unions. He criticizes Flora Annie Steel's book On the Face of the Waters.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Children; Teeth; Balls (Parties)--Moral and ethical aspects; Meetings; Labor unions--Management; Books and reading; New York (State)--New York; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Steel, Flora Annie Webster, 1847-1929; Martin, Bradley

Date: 1897-01-31

Triumph for the walking-delegate

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A well-dressed union representative labeled "Walking Delegate" stands outside a prison cell, holding a paper that states "Law to Prohibit Convict Labor in State Prisons." A dejected prisoner sits in the cell. Caption: But idleness, misery and insanity for the unfortunate convict.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Labor unions; Labor leaders; Criminals; Convict labor; Prisons; Unemployment; Boredom; Depression, Mental; Labor laws and legislation

Date: 1897-02-10.

The two trusts

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Print shows two large male figures, one, wearing business attire, is labeled "Commercial Trust," he is holding paper labeled "Order to Raise Wages" and the other labeled "Labor Trust" is armed with a bomb, a handgun, and a rifle, and is holding paper labeled "Order to Strike." Behind the "Labor Trust" are unemployed families, explosions, and anarchy; behind the "Commercial Trust" is order, as men head for factories. Caption: Commercial Trust (to Labor Trust) - While you are denouncing me, why don't you include yourself? You use violence and destroy property, while I use peaceful methods and not only lower prices but raise wages, as the statistics of the last fifteen years will show.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Trusts, Industrial; Labor unions; Anarchism; Industrial relations; Factories--Employees; Unemployed

Date: 1899-06-07

A lesson of the last strikes

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Print shows a man labeled "Organized Labor" climbing the steps to a building labeled "Law, Prosperity, [and] Order," when a bomb labeled "Dynamite Argument" explodes in his face.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Labor unions; Strikes and lockouts; Explosions; Dynamite; Law; Public buildings

Date: 1899-08-30

Needed the money

Description:

Print shows an Irish American miner returning home to his wife who asks why he is later than usual, suspecting that the miners are on strike again.

Caption: Mrs. Dolan (as her husband returns at an unusual hour)--An' yez bees on anither stroike, eh? Phat's the' cause this toime? Mr. Dolan (grimly)--Oh! Oi guess th' Walkin' Dilegate's behoind in his rint ag'in!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Husband and wife; Miners; Miners--Labor unions; Strikes and lockouts; Communication; Irish American families; Working class Irish Americans

Date: 1899-11-08

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