A 1919 Coolidge cartoon

From November 1919, here’s a Grant Hamilton cartoon showing then-Governor of Massachusetts Calvin Coolidge riding a GOP pachyderm and stomping out the snake of “radicalism.”

It’s probably difficult for us today to understand the mood of the times and how fragile the post-war situation was. With the revolution in Russia, and upheaval across much of Europe, there also was widespread labor unrest in the U.S. Coolidge’s courageous stand during the Boston Police Strike was an early indicator that for the time being, normalcy was in and radicalism was out.

"Massachusetts did it" - 1919 cartoon of Calvin Coolidge

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