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"The Rival Fourth-of-July Celebrations"

Topic:
The National Party Conventions
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
William Allen Rogers
Date:
July 4, 1896, p. 649
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In the Independence Day issue of Harper's Weekly, cartoonist W. A. Rogers contrasts the position of the two major parties on the gold standard. In the background, the newly nominated Republican national ticket, William McKinley and Garret Hobart, celebrate the nationís birth with an elaborate and brilliant fireworks display showcasing the gold standard under which the Republican elephant runs. In the foreground, leading gold standard Democrats, William C. Whitney (left) and William E. Russell (right), try to salvage the golden, but small and rickety, Democratic Donkey. Its firecrackers have been soaked in the Populist pond of free silver, rendering it almost certainly unworkable.

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