The National Party Conventions


  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   June 18, 1904, p. 923

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This Harper’s Weekly cover commemorates the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt for a second presidential term and the first in his own right. In accepting, he shakes the sleeve of his former Rough Rider uniform, which he wore during the Spanish-American War. When he was the vice-presidential nominee in 1900, cartoonists often drew him wearing the outfit. The symbolism not only memorialized his military heroism, it complemented commonly used war metaphors for elections (“battle,” “campaign,” etc.) and recalled his aggressive electioneering in 1900. During the 1904 contest, however, Roosevelt abided by the traditional taboo against sitting presidents openly campaigning for reelection.













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