This 1904 cartoon depicts Standard Oil as an octopus wrapping its tentacles around the U.S. capitol, a “State House” and the White House. Cartoons inspired reformers to pass laws limiting big corporations’ control over American politics and society.
Photo by: Courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
September 4, 2010 8:27:00 PM
The national touring exhibition, The Age of Progressive Reform: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917, is on display at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N., through Sept. 30.
The Age of Progressive Reform brings the early 20th century to life, offering viewers of all ages the chance to experience events felt acutely in this age: a growing divide between workers and the wealthy; the intensity of growth in American cities; and the effects of reform movements attempting to rein in businesses, government and the social ills brought on by industrialization.
The five-panel exhibit includes both educational and primary source materials. Content includes letters, cartoons, pictures and broadsides that detail America''s transformation into a modern, industrial society.
Exhibition materials are drawn in large part from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Collection and the Library of Congress among others.
The Age of Progressive Reform was developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and curated by Kirsten Swinth, Magis Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the American Studies Program at Fordham University in New York City.
The free exhibit is open to the public and has been made possible through funding from the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. For more information about Gilder Lehrman''s traveling exhibitions, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/institute/public_traveling.html.
For more information about the library exhibit, contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304, or at [email protected]