A 100 Per Cent Opinion! [editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel]


VCU M 23 Box 3 Cartoon no 929 socialism rsz.jpg


A 100 Per Cent Opinion! [editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel]


Editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel for The Knickerbocker Press. Mounted and identified as no. 929. 

The cartoon was created in April 1920 after duly-elected assemblymen were expelled from the New York State Assembly. The Speaker of the Senate at the time was Republican Thaddeus C. Sweet. The socialist lawmakers were August Claessens and Louis Waldman of Manhattan; Charles Solomon of Brooklyn; and Samuel Orr and Samuel A. DeWitt of the Bronx. 

Image Description: 
Thaddeus C. Sweet sits at a desk covered in papers. 

Charles E. Hughes addresses Speaker Sweet saying, "I deeply regret the action of the Assembly in suspending five members of the Socialist Party who were duly elected. Are Socialists, unconvicted of crime, to be denied the ballot? If Socialists are permitted to vote, are they not permitted to vote for their own candidates?"

In the lower left corner "Moses Crow" says, "The people still believe in the ballot box!"


M 23, Box 3, cartoon no. 929, Frederick Otto Seibel papers, 1882-1968. James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries.




Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries



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Learn more: 

Confessore, Nicholas (2009 October 21) When the Assembly Expelled Socialists For Disloyalty The New York Times. 


“A 100 Per Cent Opinion! [editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed May 30, 2024, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/509.