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Catalog Number 1983.120.78
Object Name Print
Accession number 1983.120
Description Print by Louis Raemaekers

Uncle Sam to blood-spattered butcher.

Information Written on Back: No. 104 / 39 white / 142 toned / To the submarine-butcher. Have you nearly finished.


Additional Information from "Raemaekers' Cartoons: With Accompanying Notes by Well-known English Writers" by Louis Raemaekers Copyright 1916 (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19126/19126-h/19126-h.htm)

NOTE: The recent descent of so many of her citizens from the people now warring in Europe has of necessity prevented America from looking on events in Europe with a single eye. But the predominant American type and the predominant American frame of mind are still typified by the lithe and sinuous figure of the New England pioneer. It is his tradition to mind his own business, but it is also his business to see that none of the old monarchies make free with his rights or with his people. And he stands for a race that has been cradled in wars with savages. No one knows better the methods of the Apache and the Mohawk, and when women and children fall into such pitiless hands as these, it goes against the grain with Uncle Sam to keep his hands off them, even if the women and children are not his own. He would like to be indifferent if he could. He would prefer to smoke his cigar, and pass along, and believe those who tell him that it is none of his affair. But when he does look—and he cannot help looking—he sees a figure of such heavy bestiality that his gorge rises. He must keep his hands clenched in his pockets lest he soils them in striking down the blood-stained gnome before him.

Can he restrain himself for good? That angry glint in his eye would make one doubt it. Here, surely, the artist sees with a truer vision than the politician. And if Uncle Sam's anger does once get the better of him, if doubts and hesitations are ever thrust on one side, if he takes his stand where his record and his sympathies must make him wish to be, then let it be noted that this base butcher stands dazed and paralyzed by the threat.

NOTE AUTHOR: Arthur Pollen

CARTOON CAPTION: Murder on the High Seas / "Well, have you nearly done?"
People Raemaekers, Louis
Subjects World War 1
Art
Prints
Lithographs
Political cartoons
Uncle Sam
Submarines
Artist Raemaekers, Louis
Title Murder on the High Seas
Image size 37.9 x 25.3 cm