McKinley Tariff Object Lesson No. 2

Object Number: 
ca. 1893
Tin, printed
Overall: 2 11/16 × 3 3/4 in. (6.8 × 9.5 cm)
Rectangular tin plaque campaign hand out; recto: portraits of Grover Cleveland and Adlai E. Stevenson in circular medals suspended from double pointed spear with bald eagle wings extended, inscribed: "FOR PRESIDENT/GROVER CLEVELAND/FOR VICE PRESDIENT/ADLAI E. STEVENSON" withing oak leaf and acorn and laurel leaf border; on verso: extensively printed with text describing the tax on imported tin. "McKINLEY TARIFF OBJECT LESSON No. 2/ Not a sheet of "American" tin plate used for canning the Farmer's Products./ The interest of 200, 000 American workers injured by Tin Plate Legislation./ Vote the Democratic Ticket and reduce the Taxes./ THIS CARD IS MADE OF, SO CALLED, "AMERICAN" TIN PLATE./ Tin plate is sheet steel thinly coated with metallic. Tin This "Americaan" tin plate was made in this way: 1st, The finished black steel sheet, ready for the process of tinning (forming three-fourths of the entire value of teh sheet of tin plate when finished) was made by British labor, out of British materials, in Great Britain, and imported into the United States. 2d. The metallic tin with which it is coated was produced in Australia and imported into the United States. 3d. The tinning-pot, or machine in which the black sheet was coated with metallic tin, was made in Great Britain and imported into the United States. 4th. The oil used in the process of tinning was produced in Africa and imported into the United States. 5th. The men who work the tinning-pot, that is, coat the black plates with tin, were imported into the United States from Great Britain, in violation or evasion of the Contract Labor Law since the passage of the McKinley bill. 6th. The boys and girls who wait on these men are the only representatives of American labor employed in the making (?) of this "American" tin plate. It is to support this tinning-pot industry that the American people pay an annual tax of $15,000,000 and the Republican Secretary of the Treasury of the United States rules that tin plates so...
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Creative: Tronvig Group