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"Come Unto Me, Ye Opprest!"

During the World War I era, the U.S. experienced a “Red Scare,” or national hysteria about the dangers of communists and radicals. The Red Scare was influenced by wartime patriotism, immigration from eastern Europe, and the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, and fueled by newspaper editorials and cartoons. This cartoon by James P. Alley features a “European Anarchist” sneaking up on the Statue of Liberty. At that time, anarchist was the term for people who wanted to overthrow the government.

Source | James P. Alley, “Come Unto Me, Ye Opprest!,” originally published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal; reprinted in the Literary Digest, July 5, 1919, at Red Scare (1918-1921),
Creator | James P. Alley
Item Type | Cartoon
Cite This document | James P. Alley, “"Come Unto Me, Ye Opprest!",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed June 30, 2022,

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