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English: "Democratic nominees, for president [and] for vice president. Our choice, Grover Cleveland, A.G. Thurman."

Print showing goateeed Uncle Sam standing with large shields on which are portraits of Grover Cleveland and A.G. Thurman, Democratic party nominees in the 1888 U.S. presidential election. Includes Democratic party platform, a cameo portrait of Thomas Jefferson, a dock scene with ship and railroad, and roosters--a symbol of the Democratic party before the donkey.

Platform planks ("What we stand by") are:

  • Tariff revision
  • War taxes must cease
  • No Treasury surplus
  • Taxes sufficient for government expenses only
  • Equal rights to all men
  • Labor protection
  • From majority rule -- No appeal
  • A jealous care for the rights of the people
  • Economy in the public expenses
  • No Rings or partisan favoritism [i.e. no crony capitalism]
  • Honest payment of public debts XXXX[? last word illegible]
  • Preservation of our public faith

(Note that "Equal rights to all men" did not actually mean that the Democratic party was any kind of advocate for black equality, something which did not really become the case until at least the 1940s.)
Date June 1888
Source 1888 lithograph by Kurz & Allison
Author Kurz & Allison
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