In 1900, New York Journal political cartoonist Homer Davenport published a collection of his work titled The Dollar or the Man? The Issue of To Day. The cartoons focused on themes of government corruption and the threat that corporate power posed to America. These themes are with us today and will influence many of the votes cast in tomorrow’s mid-term elections.
Davenport’s cartoons mark the beginning of the Progressive Era, a time when many believed that corporations sought to overthrow the government.
At this point in the series, the Trust figure was well known. A simple image of its shadow cast over Uncle Sam was enough to convey the threat that monopolistic corporations posed to America .
— David Donihue, GreatCaricatures.com