The National Party Conventions


 “The Bivouac Before Chicago”
  Cartoonist:  T. O. McGill
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   June 13, 1908, pp. 18-19

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This Harper’s Weekly cartoon emphasizes the massive ego of President Theodore Roosevelt as an army of his clones, bearing “Me” and “I” battle standards, prepares to dominate the upcoming Republican National Convention in Chicago. Although not in attendance, the mention of the president’s name sparked a 49-minute demonstration beseeching him to accept the nomination for a third term. Instead, Roosevelt had been instrumental in securing the nomination for his handpicked successor, Secretary of War William Howard Taft. In addition, the president helped edit the party platform, inundated the candidate with advice, and played a major role during the fall campaign.













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