The Antitrust Issue


 “Blind-Man’s Bluff”
  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   October 27, 1900, p. 1001

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This cover cartoon shows how William Jennings Bryan was unable to find an issue to use effectively against President William McKinley and the Republican Party. The Democratic presidential nominee plays the game of blind-man’s bluff amid four issues that failed to arouse the indignation of a majority of voters (clockwise from left): the trust octopus; the “bunco” (sham) dollar of inflationary free silver; the straw man of imperialism; and the toy soldier of militarism. Bryan insisted before his nomination that the Democratic Party repeat the 1896 free-silver plank in its 1900 national platform. He began his campaign in August by condemning the “imperialism” of Republican foreign policy, then switched in September to a focus on the antitrust issue, and finally in October criticized increased funding of the American military.













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