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Election 1898 Political Cartoons in the Progressive Farmer

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.

 


 

"A DemocraticLegislature Electing 107 Negro Magistrates."

“A Democratic Legislature Electing 107 Negro Magistrates.”

 

"White Man's Party."

“White Man's Party.”

 

"Sad and Disgraceful Scene in Alamance County."

“Sad and Disgraceful Scene in Alamance County.”

 

"A Common Scene on the Public Roads."

“A Common Scene on the Public Roads.”

 

"A 'White Man's Party' Democrat Normal Institute in Duplin County."

“A 'White Man's Party' Democrat Normal Institute in Duplin County.”

 

"The Twins of Defamation."

“The Twins of Defamation.”

 

"Democratic Machine 'Bull-Pen'."

“Democratic Machine 'Bull-Pen'.”

 

"The Eggs Have Long Since Failed. "

“The Eggs Have Long Since Failed. ”

 

"People's Party Handbook of Facts. "

“People's Party Handbook of Facts. ”

 

"Scramble Out of the Slough."

“Scramble Out of the Slough.”


 

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