In the decade of the 1890s, just before the dawn of a new
American century, the Republicans regained control of the White House in what
many pundits have identified as the first modern political campaign. This was
also a time of great economic debate, concern special interests influencing the
government, immigration, and the labor question. Globally, the United States
was beginning to flex its military muscles, a conflict with Spain was starting
to simmer, and a border dispute in Venezuela threatened war with Great Britian.
Through it all, Oregon cartoonist Homer
Davenport was there, wielding his pen to create caustic caricatures of the
notables and notorious on the world's political scene.
For the first time in more than a century, we revisit these
illustrations, this time equipped with stories behind the faces and the issues.
Again, Davenport reminds us, “…what goes around came around already!”