Speaking of Rugged Individualism

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Item No: pixc00308
Title: Speaking of Rugged Individualism
Additional Title: Speaking of Rugged Individualism
Media Type: Cartoons (Commentary)
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Created for Evening Public Ledger, date unknown. 


In comments that reflect the individualistic, pro-small business spirit of the Western progressives, Senator William E. Borah expressed the values behind growing progressive isolationist resistance to the New Deal:

'I look upon the figth for the preservation of the 'little man,' for the small, independent producer and manufacturer, as a fight for a sound, wholesome, economic national life.  It is more that that.  It is a fight for clean politics and for free government.  When you have destroyed small business, you have destroyed our towns, and our sountry life, and you have guaranteed and made permanent the concentration of economic power....The concentration of wealth always leads, and always has led, to the concentration of political power.  Monopoly and bureaucracy are twin whelps from the same kennel.'

  • Denson, John V. The Costs of War: America's Pyrrhic Victories. 2nd Expanded ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1999. Print.

Creator Name: Sykes, Charles Henry, 1882-1942 - Artist