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“Is It Coming To This?”

Topic:
“Boodle” Blaine: Public Office for Private Gain
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast.
Date:
October 4, 1884, p. 662
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The caption of this Thomas Nast cartoon asks a simple, devastating question: "Is it coming to this?" If Republican nominee James Blaine is elected president, then will the White House be transformed from the people's house into a brokerage for the buying and selling of government offices, contracts, and other favors at the public expense? "Boodle" is slang for graft money or stolen goods.
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