The National Party Conventions


 "But the Elephant Knew Too Much"
  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   June 27, 1896, p. 648

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
A sequel to "The Populistsí Trap," this back-page cartoon published in the Harper's Weekly issue reporting the results of the Republican National Convention shows that the GOP Elephant did not fall for free silver, but stood for the gold standard. The aggressive pachyderm shakes the Populist palm tree, disarming its warriors: Senator William Morris Stewart, Senator Marion Butler, and Senator William Peffer.

This cartoons marks the beginning of a dramatic shift in the journalís editorial position. In the months leading up to the convention, cartoonist William Allen Rogers and editor Carl Schurz had vilified William McKinley and other Republican presidential candidates for waffling on the money question, even occasionally accusing them of succumbing to the free-silver temptation. However, after the Republican platformís endorsement of the gold standard, Harper's Weekly backed the Republican ticket of McKinley and Garret Hobart, the vice-presidential nominee.













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