Theodore Roosevelt: Pro and Con


 “L’etat, c’est moi"
  Cartoonist:  Udo J. Keppler
  Source:  Puck
  Date:  August 24, 1904

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Pro-Democratic Puck portrays President Theodore Roosevelt as Louis XIV, whose authoritarian reign (1643-1715) made him a symbol of absolute monarchy. “The Sun King” famously declared, “The state, it is I” (expressed in this cartoon caption in the original French). Opponents of the Republican chief executive complained that his assertive rule usurped the authority of Congress and upset the constitutional balance of power.













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