The National Party Conventions


 “Among the Bull Moose Rushes”
  Cartoonist:  Charles Jay Budd
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   July 20, 1912, p. 1

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This Harper’s Weekly cover uses the biblical story of Moses in the bulrushes to parody Theodore Roosevelt’s founding of the Progressive Party. In Exodus, the Pharaoh ordered all male infants of the Hebrew slaves to be killed. To escape that fate, the mother of Moses placed him in a basket on the Nile River, where the Pharaoh’s daughter found him. Raised as an Egyptian prince, Moses was chosen by God to lead his Hebrew people out of bondage and back to the promised land of Israel. In this cartoon, Roosevelt is the Pharaoh’s daughter who finds the baby Bull Moose, a symbol of the Progressive Party. The Bull Moose Party did not, however, lead the nation to the Promised Land, but lost the presidential election and soon ceased to exist.













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