Scrapbook History of the Spanish American War in Uncle Sam Political Cartoons
[Boston]: [The Boston Globe], . 10-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches. 116 political cartoons + an Aug. 7, 1898 news article pasted to pp. Clippings either full-page or approx. 6-1/2 x 8 inches. Half burgundy leather over black cloth, "Records" stamped in gilt to spine. Worn, with loss to leather of spine ends and corners and tear to lower portion of spine; two heavy creases to front board; several gutter breaks; one leaf partially detached and reattached by previous owner; one leaf fully detached and laid in. Expected age-toning to clippings; occasional paste action or soiling to leaves around clippings. Good.
A history of the Spanish American War largely told in clippings of Uncle Sam political cartoons by "Boz", aka Morgan J. Sweeney, a cartoonist for the Boston Globe.
The scrapbook opens with a triumphant article published the week before the end of hostilities, which favorably contrasts American and Spanish losses and notes the successful peace talks between the two countries. Immediately following this is a cartoon by Boz titled "The New Bird in Havana Harbor", showing a fierce-looking bald eagle perched atop the wreckage of the Maine. Uncle Sam enters next, as the judge in a trial about whether Spain is guilty for the sinking of the Maine, and in following cartoons is depicted in various roles: regretful speaker before Congress; eager combattant held back by the Board of Strategy; bull fighter rescuing a helpless Cuban woman; soldier readying for war; commander of troops; diner contemplating a "bill of fare" that includes "Cuba steak" and "Porto Rico pig"; and proud/ tired father of Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico; etc.
A fascinating collection providing insight into the popular perceptions of the war, as well as the overt imperial and colonialist aims of American involvement in it.