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Election 1898 Political Cartoons in the News and Observer

Most late nineteenth-century newspapers made no pretense of objectivity, and the staunchly Democratic News and Observer was no exception. Under the editorship of Josephus Daniels, who purchased the paper in 1894, the News and Observer was the closest thing the Democrats had to an official party paper. In his efforts to convince North Carolinians to vote Democratic, Daniels made extensive use of political cartoons. During the 1896 campaign, the paper featured several cartoons by Norman Jennett, a young artist from Wayne County, N.C. In the summer of 1898, as that year's campaign began to gather speed, Daniels again called on Jennett, who was in New York pursuing an art career. Jennett returned to Raleigh in August and began drawing cartoons that would run regularly through the election in November. Daniels described their method of working:

He and I would confer daily on the character of the cartoons. He eagerly devoured the editorial page to see what I was writing about. He would then draw a suggestion of a cartoon and bring it in to me and we would decide together what particular Republican or Populist deserved to be hit over the head that day (Editor in Politics, p. 148).

Jennett's cartoons appeared nearly every day, and were often featured prominently above the fold on the front page of the paper. After the Democratic victory in November, Jennett was given credit for the part he played in the party's success. Democratic leaders praised his work as "one of the powers that brought about the revolution."

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the articles and cartoons on this site contain racially insensitive images and text.


August


12 August 1898

"Dockery and His Supporters"

"Dockery and His Supporters"

13 August 1898

"A Serious Question -- How Long Will This Last?"

"A Serious Question -- How Long Will This Last?"

14 August 1898

"Which Will Win -- Tax Payers or Tax Eaters?"

"Which Will Win -- Tax Payers or Tax Eaters?"

16 August 1898

"The People Will Take a Look at the Books"

"The People Will Take a Look at the Books"

18 August 1898

"Jim Young, the Negro Politician, Inspecting Apartments in White Blind Institution at Raleigh"

"Jim Young, the Negro Politician, Inspecting Apartments in White Blind Institution at Raleigh"

18 August 1898

"Jim Young, the Negro Politician, at Head of the Committee on Education at the Blind Institution for White Children at Raleigh"

"Jim Young, the Negro Politician, at Head of the Committee on Education at the Blind Institution for White Children at Raleigh"


20 August 1898

"The Closed Books Must be Opened"

 

"The Closed Books Must be Opened"

21 August 1898

"Russell and His Ass"

 

 

"Russell and His Ass"

23 August 1898

"Evolution of Col. Harry Skinner"

"Evolution of Col. Harry Skinner"

24 August 1898

"WANTED: White Privates to Serve Under Negro Officials"

"WANTED: White Privates to Serve Under Negro Officials"

25 August 1898

"Republican Recruiting Station"

"Republican Recruiting Station"


27 August 1898

"Re-Pop.li-can Office Holder Despises Humble Farmer"

"Re-Pop.li-can Office Holder Despises Humble Farmer"

27 August 1898

"Harry Skinner Renominated"

"Harry Skinner Renominated"


28 August 1898

"The Elephant Sees His Finish"

"The Elephant Sees His Finish"

30 August 1898

"A Warning. Get Back! We Will Not Stand It"

"A Warning. Get Back! We Will Not Stand It"

 

September

1 September 1898

"Henry Dockery Downed & Dumbfounded"

"Henry Dockery Downed & Dumbfounded"

3 September 1898

"Duncan's Choice"

"Duncan's Choice"

4 September 1898

"The Honeymoon"

"The Honeymoon"

6 September 1898

"White Men to Rescue"

"White Men to Rescue"

7 September 1898

"Shearing the Black Sheep for Wool to Make Republican Campaign Hats"

"Shearing the Black Sheep for Wool to Make Republican Campaign Hats"

8 September 1898

"White Girls Proving Witness Tickets Before a Negro Deputy Clerk of the Court"

"White Girls Proving Witness Tickets Before a Negro Deputy Clerk of the Court"

10 September 1898

"Stroud and Jenkins"

 

"Stroud and Jenkins"

11 September 1898

"The Re-Pop-Li-Can Scare-Crow"

"The Re-Pop-Li-Can Scare-Crow"

11 September 1898

"Negro Road Overseer in Craven County"

"Negro Road Overseer in Craven County"

13 September 1898

"The Hyena of North Carolina Politics"

<"The Hyena of North Carolina Politics"

14 September 1898

"Populists Endorse Gold Bug"

"Populists Endorse Gold Bug"

15 September 1898

"The Cross that will Crucify"

"The Cross that will Crucify"

16 September 1898

"They are Returning"

"They are Returning"

17 September 1898

"This is the Surgeon Who Neglected Sick Soldiers to Talk Politics"

"This is the Surgeon Who Neglected Sick Soldiers to Talk Politics"

18 September 1898

"Holton Presses the Button"

"Holton Presses the Button"

18 September 1898

"Trial of a White Woman by a Negro Justice of the Peace at Newbern"

"Trial of a White Woman by a Negro Justice of the Peace at Newbern"

20 September 1898

"What Fertilizer Inspectors are Doing"

"What Fertilizer Inspectors are Doing"

21 September 1898

"The author of the Populist Hand-book who voted for Jim Young in preference to Broughton"

"The author of the Populist Hand-book who voted for Jim Young in preference to Broughton"


22 September 1898

"The Fusion Candidate for the Senate in Edgecombe County"

"The Fusion Candidate for the Senate in Edgecombe County"

23 September 1898

"Claud Bernard's Limit to Fusion"

"Claud Bernard's Limit to Fusion"

24 September 1898

"Dr. Cy Had Many Takers"

"Dr. Cy Had Many Takers"


25 September 1898

"The Political Swordsmen"

"The Political Swordsmen"

25 September 1898

"Colonel James Young Calling the Roll"

"Colonel James Young Calling the Roll"

27 September 1898

"The Vampire that Hovers Over North Carolina" ("Negro Rule")

"The Vampire that Hovers Over North Carolina" ("Negro Rule")

28 September 1898

"The Goddess of Democracy"

"The Goddess of Democracy"

29 September 1898

"Ollie Tries to Keep Up With His Dad"

"Ollie Tries to Keep Up With His Dad"

30 September 1898

"The Source of the Governor's Inspiration"

"The Source of the Governor's Inspiration"


 

October

2 October 1898

"The Broker's Promise and the Faithful Farmer"

"The Broker's Promise and the Faithful Farmer"

4 October 1898

"They Went, They Saw, They Got the Boodle"

"They Went, They Saw, They Got the Boodle"

5 October 1898

"Scene of the Atlantic and N.C. Railroad."

"Scene of the Atlantic and N.C. Railroad."

6 October 1898

"The Confederate Soldier Has Played Out"

"The Confederate Soldier Has Played Out"

8 October 1898

"After the 'One Gallus' Fellow"

"After the 'One Gallus' Fellow"

9 October 1898

"This House is Built Upon a Rock"

"This House is Built Upon a Rock"

11 October 1898

"A Political Puzzle Picture"

"A Political Puzzle Picture"

12 October 1898

"I Make Them Dance Or I Crush Them"

"I Make Them Dance Or I Crush Them"

13 October 1898

"A Fable After Aesop and Its Lesson"

"A Fable After Aesop and Its Lesson"

14 October 1898

"To the Penitentiary"

"To the Penitentiary"

15 October 1898

"The New Slavery"

"The New Slavery"

16 October 1898

"The Doctor and His Patient-- Will He Swallow it?"

"The Doctor and His Patient-- Will He Swallow it?"

 

18 October 1898

"Behind the Bars"

"Behind the Bars"

19 October 1898

"A Tree is Known by its Fruit"

"A Tree is Known by its Fruit"

20 October 1898

"Simmons 'On To' Their Game"

"Simmons 'On To' Their Game"

21 Octber 1898

"Prisoners Escaping from Wilson Jail"

"Prisoners Escaping from Wilson Jail"

22 October 1898

"They Can't Wash It Out"

"They Can't Wash It Out"

23 October 1898

"To the Good People of North Carolina One and All"

"To the Good People of North Carolina One and All"

25 October 1898

"The Negro Gets His Share of Barbeque"

"The Negro Gets His Share of Barbeque"

26 October 1898

"Don't Be Tempted by the Devil"

"Don't Be Tempted by the Devil"



27 October 1898

"Political Poultry Show"

"Political Poultry Show"

28 October 1898

"Why the Whites are United"

"Why the Whites are United"

29 October 1898

"The Laocoon Up to Date"

"The Laocoon Up to Date"

 

November

1 November 1898

"Under Which Flag?" "Under Which Flag?"

2 November 1898

"We've Got 'Em On the Run" "We've Got 'Em On the Run"

3 November 1898

"Remember!" "Remember!"

4 November 1898

"The Bones Will Rise Again --But They Won't Vote in North Carolina This Year"

"The Bones Will Rise Again --But They Won't Vote in North Carolina This Year"

5 November 1898

"A Fruit that we All Like"

"A Fruit that we All Like"

6 November 1898

"The Tar Heel 'Free-for-All.' Pick the Winner"

"The Tar Heel 'Free-for-All.' Pick the Winner"

8 November 1898

"Good Morning! Have you voted the White Man's Ticket?"

"Good Morning! Have you voted the White Man's Ticket?"

8 November 1898

"Down With The Dust!"

"Down With The Dust!"

9 November 1898

"There is retribution in history"

"There is retribution in history"

10 November 1898

"The Game is Ended"

"The Game is Ended"

 

 

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