The Whole Story in a Nutshell!
- Alternate Title:
- The Whole Story in a Nutshell! Harrison's Ideas! Cleveland's Ideas!
- The Whole Story in a Nutshell!
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Yale Publishing Co.
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- 1870 - 1899
- Politics & Government
- 53 x 36, sheet (centimeters, height x width)
- A political broadside from the 1888 presidential campaign, not attributed to either side but obviously the work of the Harrison campaign. The central issue in the election was trade policy. The Democratic candidate, Grover Cleveland, attacked high tariffs as a burden on consumers
the Republican, Benjamin Harrison, supported them as a benefit to labor and industry. Cleveland narrowly won the popular vote, but because he failed to carry his home state of New York (see Notes for ID # 1089), he lost the electoral vote to Harrison.
The broadside communicates Harrison's message in a variety of ways, subtle and not. The text describing him is upbeat: "Protection to American Labor - Encouragement to American Commerce - Reduction of Letter Postage - Pensions for Union Soldiers!" For Cleveland, just the opposite: "British Ships and British Laborers to Dredge New York Harbor! - Destruction to Wool Growers, Miners and Manufacturers - Tobacco Growers Crippled." Harrison's portrait is light and benign
Cleveland's is dark and scowling. All of the states in the Harrison map of the U. S. are in pastel tones
half of those in the Cleveland map are in ominous dark grey.
An interesting footnote relates to the Cobden Club, a London-based private group supporting free trade. Part of the "Republican Campaign Text-Book for 1888" asserted that the elitist Cobden Club had spent "an immense amount of British gold" in support of the free trade position in the elections of 1880 and 1884, and "we may be sure that British gold in unlimited amount will be forthcoming in the supreme effort now being made to break down the Republican American Policy of Protection to the American manufacturer, farmer, and laborer." (Dawson 1888, 87). Following the "Text-Book," the broadside attacks the Cobden Club and calls out prominent members from the Cleveland administration. (The Cobden Commission, and its role in electoral politics, foreshadow the Tripartite Commission and Bilderberg Group of our time.)
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