The Democratic Nomination


 “On the Road"
  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   April 23, 1904, p. 607

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Over two months before the Democratic National Convention, this Harper’s Weekly cover depicts Alton B. Parker steamrolling over the opposition on his way to winning the presidential nomination at the party gathering in St. Louis. With the candidacy of Senator Arthur Pue Gorman ended, and Grover Cleveland and Richard Olney deciding not to enter the contest, Parker was the only candidate with substantial backing from party politicians and delegates. The clock reading 11 o’clock reveals that time is running out for potential challengers to overtake the New York judge. The “Free Silver” moon lowering in the background sky symbolizes the waning of the proposed inflationary policy that contributed to Democrat William Jennings Bryan’s losses in 1896 and 1900. Like other conservative Democrats, Parker was firmly committed to the gold standard. The ominous sign in this cartoon for Harper’s Weekly readers would have been the Tammany Tiger riding behind Parker. It has a clear path to federal patronage should the eventual Democratic nominee win the November election.













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