Theodore Roosevelt: Pro and Con


 “A Crown He Is Entitled to Wear"
  Cartoonist:  Victor Gillam
  Source:  Judge
  Date:  June 4, 1904

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Democratic cartoonists had taken to drawing President Theodore Roosevelt with a crown in order to criticize his “imperialist” foreign policy and exercise of executive authority. When the Senate ratified the administration’s Panama Canal treaty on February 23, 1904, 16 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote in the affirmative with the majority Republicans. Roosevelt’s Panama Canal policy was very popular and added to the list of accomplishments that led him to a landslide presidential victory that November. On this cover of the pro-Republican Judge, cartoonist Victor Gillam reverses the derisive Democratic symbol for Roosevelt by depicting the Panama Canal—“The Greatest Achievement For Trade In Modern Times”—as “A Crown He Is Entitled To Wear.”













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