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Diary kept by Theodore Roosevelt during the New York Assembly

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Theodore Roosevelt's handwritten account of two months (not five, as he wrote on the first page) in the New York State Legislature, including his often caustic assessment of some of his fellow legislators. The date range is January 2, 1882 to March 1, 1882.

Resource Type: Diary

Subject: Tammany Hall; New York (State). Legislature; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Democratic Party (U.S.); Alvord, Thomas Gold, 1810-1897; Sharpe, George H. (George Henry), 1828-1900; Bogan, Thomas

Date: 1882

A new bull in the ring

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Print shows Chester A. Arthur riding the Republican elephant tossed high in the air in a "Political Arena." The elephant is patched with scandals labeled "Credit Mobilier, Collusion with Monopolies, Back Pay Grab, Third Termism, Whiskey Ring, Navy Ring, [and] Dorsey 'Soap' 1880." Below, on the floor of the arena, Samuel J. Tilden is sitting backwards on a donkey labeled "Incurable" and Puck's Independent Party figure is riding a bucking bull, its horns labeled "Anti-Monopoly" and "Tariff Reform." Puck applauds from a viewing stand on the right; sitting in the grandstand at left are Ulysses S. Grant, Cyrus W. Field, Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas F. Bayard, Winfield Scott Hancock, Benjamin F. Butler, Adams, David Davis, Allen G. Thurman, William M. Evarts, Abram S. Hewitt, George F. Edmunds, Wayne MacVeagh, and George B. McClellan.  Caption: Puck presents another prophetic cartoon - and the sooner it is realized the better.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Presidents--Elections; Bull rings; Bulls; Scandals; Monopolies; Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); National Independent Party (U.S.); Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; MacVeagh, Wayne, 1833-1917; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1865-1940; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895

Date: 1882-04-19

The political Sodom and Gomorrah are doomed to destruction

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Print shows an angel labeled "New Party" with wings labeled "Tariff-Reform" and "Anti-Monopoly" leading two small orphan children labeled "Political Honesty" and "Political Wisdom" to safety, away from the fires, ignited by lightning labeled "Public Condemnation," that are consuming "Republican Sodom" and "Democratic Gomorrah." Caption: But peradventure the New Party will save these two little orphans from the burning and bring them up for us.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Tariff; Ethics; Orphans; Angels; Fires; Bible stories; Middle East--Sodom (Extinct city); Middle East--Gomorrah (Extinct city); National Independent Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Democratic Party (U.S.)

Date: 1882-05-10

John Kelly galvanizes the corpse of Tammany

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Print shows John Kelly trying to bring Tammany Hall back to life by turning an electrical apparatus labeled "Deal with the Republicans" connected first to an "Anti-Monopoly" device, then with wires spelling "Patronage" to a rod held by a man dressed as an Native American lying in a coffin labeled "Tammany Died 1880." The jolt of electricity knocks the moccasins off his feet.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Electric shock; Electric apparatus and appliances; Coffins; Patronage, Political; Moccasins; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Tammany Hall; Kelly, John, 1821-1886

Date: 1882-05-31

Getting hot enough for him

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Print shows Chester Alan Arthur sitting on a chair at a beach on the seashore, he is perspiring heavily and using a fan labeled "Stalwart Method" to cool himself, as the sun, labeled "Disunion-of-the-Republican-Party," sets. As it sets the sun gives off rays labeled "Stalwarts, Independents, Anti-Monopolists, Half Breeds, Tariff Reformer, [and] Civil Service Reformer".

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Perspiration; Anxiety; Fans (Machinery); Civil service reform; Tariff; Beaches; Seashore; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886

Date: 1882-07-05

"With thee to support me, I defy the whole world!"

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Print shows George M. Robeson dressed as a sailor and labeled "Leader of the Republican Party" and "Republican Champion," leaning on a large duffel bag labeled "Surplus $150,000,000." A group of men standing on the left appear to be denouncing him.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Budget surpluses; Allegiance; Elections--Political aspects; Sailors; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897

Date: 1882-07-26

Democracy's opportunity

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Print shows a man labeled "Republican War Record" standing in a pond labeled "Republican Corruption Water," yelling to an Irishman wearing a hat labeled "Democracy," gathering up the Republican's clothing labeled "Tariff Reform, Free Canal, [and] Reduction Tax," and a top hat labeled "Civil Service Reform" which he has placed on top of his own hat. His own tattered clothes are patched with "Ignorance, Poverty, Stupidity, Bourbonism, [and] Secession Record." Caption: Republican "Hey, what can I do without them?" Democracy "What have you done with them - only cast them off!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political parties--Platforms; Corruption; Swimming; Civil service reform; Clothing and dress; Democracy; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1882-08-02

Uncle Sam's neglected farm

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Print shows Puck's "Independent Party" figure, holding a hoe labeled "Civil Service Reform" and talking to Uncle Sam who is sitting on a fence. Two figures argue on the right. One is labeled, "Democrat, Bourbonism, Secession Record, [and] Stupidity." The other is labeled, "Republican, Monopoly, Pension Swindle, River & Harbor Steal, Credit Mobilier, [and] Bossism." At their feet are farm tools and jugs labeled, "Corruption Bourbonism" and "Spoils Switchel." In the background are farm outbuildings labeled "Navy Dept., Post, Interior, [and] Indian." Caption: New and Independent Party: "Look here, Uncle Sam, isn't it about time you got rid of those two quarrelsome fellows, and gave the job to ME?"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Civil service reform; Political parties--Platforms; Quarreling; Farms; Outbuildings; National Independent Party (U.S.); Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1882-08-23

Overtraining young horses

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Illustration shows a horse labeled "Butlers Policy" ridden by Benjamin F. Butler is kicking up its rear legs startling a horse labeled "Cleveland's Policy" ridden by Grover Cleveland at the "Presidential Race-Course" where "Horses [are] Trained for Presidential Races," the "Gubernatorial Training Stables" is at far left. Gathered beneath a large tree on the right, observing, are John Logan, Roscoe Conkling, James Gillespie Blaine, John Sherman, David Davis, Winfield Scott Hancock, Ulysses S. Grant, Schuyler Colfax, and Samuel J. Tilden. Caption: Dismounted Jockeys - The horses look well enough now; but they began training too early; and will break down long before the race!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Animal training; Racetracks (Horse racing); Horses; Jockeys; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Colfax, Schuyler, 1823-1885

Date: 1883-01-31

Rip Van Winkle's return

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Illustration shows a scene outside a building labeled "Washington Inn" with an image of the U.S. Capitol on the sign; a large group of Republican legislators, politicians, and others are laughing at an old man wearing tattered clothing labeled "Democracy." He looks dazed, as though he has just wandered in from the past; his walking stick is dated "1861." Two dogs labeled "N.Y. Tribune" and "N.Y. Times" sniff at his heels. Among those present are George M. Robeson, Ulysses S. Grant, John Logan, James Gillespie Blaine, Chester Alan Arthur (dressed as a woman, serving food and drinks), Charles J. Folger, George Frisbie Hoar, Joseph Warreb Keifer, Horace F. Page, William Mahone (doing a hand-stand), J. D. Cameron, Roscoe Conkling, John Sherman, George F. Edmunds, John P. Jones and Thomas Collier Platt.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Van Winkle, Rip (Fictitious character); Democracy; Taverns (Inns); Laughter; Older people; Legislators; Presidents--Elections; Dogs; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Folger, Charles J. (Charles James), 1818-1884; Page, Horace F. (Horace Francis), 1833-1890; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1883-03-14

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