Frontrunner McKinley: A Defeated Napoleon


 "On the Straight Road to St. Louis"
  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   May 30, 1896, p. 552

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
As the mid-June date for the Republican National Convention in St. Louis approached, cartoonist W. A. Rogers again parodied presidential candidate William McKinley’s straddling of the money question. The Ohio governor faces and points toward “Gold St.”, but his feet are walking toward “Silver St.” McKinley favored the gold standard, but said he would support “free silver” if ratified by international agreement (an improbability). Rogers and Harper's Weekly editor Carl Schurz considered all the candidates for the 1896 Republican nomination to have gone soft on monetary policy, and McKinley to be an avowed bimetallist (supporter of gold and silver coinage).












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