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Fight For Council
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- Richards, Frederick T. (1864-1921) - Artist
Country: United States
Elected Mayor of Philadelphia in 1911, Rudolph Blankenburg (1843-1918) sought to reform the city's government and eliminate the widely acknowledged corruption it contained. Having been elected as the Keystone Party's candidate with Democratic support, Blackenberg's reforms were constantly met with resistance from the Republican held city councils and the entrenched political machine. This cartoon references the many points of resistance to Mayor Blankenburg's reforms and his struggles with gaining the cooperation of the city's councils.
Disbrow, D. W. (1960). Reform in Philadelphia under Mayor Blankenburg, 1912-1916. Pennsylvania History, 27(4), 379-396.