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Cartoon: 'Halloo! Turks in Gotham' 1851

From the Collection of Roland Marchand

"Halloo! Turks in Gotham," from "Bloomerism in Practice." Cartoon, 1851. "Mrs. Turkey, having attended Mrs. Oakes-Smith's lecture on the Emancipation Dress, resolves at once to give a start to the New Fashion and in order to do it with more Effect, she wants Mr. Turkey to join her in this bold Attempt." Elizabeth Oakes-Smith was a feminist and abolitionist. The husband wears bloomers; the sex roles are reversed. Mrs. Turkey has a pair of daggers, and Mr. Turkey only a fork, spoon and cooking pot. The cross is gone from the steeple, a fit sign of the "fact" that the reformers want to abolish Christian customs and substitute the abominations of the East.

Topic(s):

  • Women
  • Anti feminist and suffrage

Regions(s):

  • United States

California Standard(s):

  • 8.6 - The divergent paths of the American people from 1800 to the mid-1800s...with emphasis on the Northeast.

National Standard(s):

  • US Era 4 - Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)

Citation(s):

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC 20540. LC-USZ62-89604. In Carl Bode, "Midcentury America," 1972, p. 206.

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