How the Democratic Party votes to allow Chinese Labor to compete with American Mechanics. The Case of the Rattan Workers. [From the Congressional Record, June 30, 1888].

Published by Home Market Club N.d. [circa 1890], Boston, 1890
From Upper Valley Books & Paper (Ascutney, VT, U.S.A.)

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Single sheet, approximately 18 x 9 inches; printed in black recto only; three horizontal folds; fine. Likely the first separate edition, taken (presumably) verbatim from the Congressional Record. The broadside prints testimony on the rattan furniture industry in America, in large part delivered by US Congressman Henry Cabot Lodge (R-Mass) with questions or rebuttals by Rep. Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (D-Ark). Entirely imported from China, rattan was a favored material in furniture construction. Lodge makes the case that inexpensive Chinese labor would undercut the American industry in the production of rattan furniture. Further, he supported a duty on rattan furniture to protect American furniture makers and their employees. (In fact, Massachusetts was home to the Wakefield Rattan Company, the largest maker of rattan furniture in 19th century America.) On the other side, Rep. Breckinridge opposed a tariff on these goods as it would have the effect of making this furniture more expensive to ordinary Americans. Thus the Democrats are here accused of siding with Chinese labor at the expense of "American Mechanics." The publisher of the broadside, the "Home Market Club," supported protectionist tariffs (as the name implies) and was associated principally with a segment of the Republican Party of Massachusetts. Bookseller Inventory # 4817

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Title: How the Democratic Party votes to allow ...

Publisher: Home Market Club N.d. [circa 1890], Boston

Publication Date: 1890

Edition: 1st Edition

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