Handout B: “The Bosses of the Senate”
Published in Puck
January 23, 1889
Art and History Cartoon 38.00392.001
Critical Thinking Questions
- How does this cartoon express the concern of “quid pro quo” corruption?
- What is the significance of the closed door with the sign above it in the upper left hand corner of the cartoon?
- Did Madison’s assertion in Federalist No. 10 (Handout A) — that the republican principle will serve as a check on the influence of factions — apply in the cartoon’s time period? Does it apply today?