Election 1898 Political Cartoons in the
The Progressive Farmer was the official
organ of the North Carolina Farmers Alliance, and was an open
advocate for the Populist party. Under the editorship of Clarence
Poe, the paper had initially stayed away from political issues
through the summer and early fall of 1898, focussing instead on
practical advice for farmers. However, by late October of 1898,
with the Democrats seizing control of the campaign, the paper
began to address the political struggle.
In an eight-page supplement published on October
25, the Progressive Farmer published articles and cartoons
attempting to turn the charges of white supremacy back on the
Democrats. Although the Populists were running with the predominately
African American Republican party, the Progressive Farmer
published a number of racist cartoons. These did not argue against
the accusations of “negro domination” by the Democrats,
but suggested instead that African Americans were appointed to
office by Democratic officials.
PLEASE NOTE: Many
of the articles and cartoons on this site contain racially insensitive
images and text.