Political Cartoons from the Gilded Age


In the decade of the 1890s, just before the dawn of a new American century, the Republicans regained control of the White House in what many pundits have identified as the first modern political campaign. This was also a time of great economic debate, concern about special interests influencing the government, jobs, and of course the immigration issue. On the global scene, the United States was beginning to flex its military muscles, a conflict with Spain was starting to simmer, and a border dispute in Venezuela threatened war with Great Britain.

Through it all, Oregon cartoonist Homer Davenport was there, wielding his pen to spray a steady stream of caustic caricatures onto the notables and notorious of the global political scene. In 1898, he published over 80 of these cartoons, and for the first time in more than a century, we revisit these images, this time equipped with stories behind the faces and issues. Davenport reminds us today, that very often what goes around comes around!

Limited Annotated Edition by
Gus Frederick


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Homer C. Davenport; Late of Silverton