Bryan and Free Silver


 “Bryan’s Occupation Gone”
  Cartoonist:  Victor Gillam
  Source:  Judge
  Date:  June 9, 1900

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
At the turn of the twentieth century, there was considerable public discussion whether the horseless carriage (automobile) would, and whether it should, replace the horse as the predominate mode of transportation. This Judge cartoon clearly uses automobiles as symbols of progress and prosperity under Republican rule, which both workingmen and businessmen enjoy. Conversely, the watering trough and 16-to-1 (free silver) bucket of William Jennings Bryan represent the Democratic Party’s outdated policies from the days of travel by horse.













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