The Boxer Rebellion Analogy


 “OUR Democratic Boxers”
  Cartoonist:  Victor Gillam
  Source:  Judge
  Date:  September 8, 1900

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
In this scene of chaos and destruction analogous to the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, Democratic supporters of William Jennings Bryan are caricatured as barbarians whose radical ideas are foreign and dangerous to the American economy and society. The presidential nominee is portrayed as the “Free Silver Idol” before which the national credit is offered. On the left, John Peter Altgeld, the controversial former governor of Illinois, stomps on “Law and Order,” while Senator James K. Jones of Arkansas, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, slices the “Full Dinner Pail” in half with a “Free Silver” knife. On the right, William J. Stone, former Missouri governor and vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, burns a banker at the stake.

In the left-background, Tammany boss Richard Croker leads a charge toward a breach in the wall of high protective tariffs. In the group behind him are (clockwise from upper-left): Democratic vice-presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson, former governor James Hogg of Texas, New York Mayor Robert Van Wyck, Senator “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman of South Carolina, former senator Arthur Pue Gorman of Maryland, and Mayor Carter Harrison of Chicago. Behind Bryan’s silver dollar are former senator David B. Hill of New York, wielding a sword, and Carl Schurz, vice president of the Anti-Imperialist League. In the back, dancing around the “Death to All Owners of Wealth” pole, are (left-right): Tammanyite Augustus Van Wyck, financier August Belmont Jr., Senator Henry Teller of Colorado, and Senator John T. Morgan of Alabama.













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