The National Party Conventions


 “Salvation Is Free, But It Doesn’t Appeal to Him”
  Cartoonist:  Udo J. Keppler
  Source:  Puck
  Date:  August 7, 1912

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Most delegates to the Progressive Party National Convention at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall on August 5-7 were not professional politicians. They were social workers, suffragists, urban planners, and other reformers, who “seem to be inspired with something of the spirit of the crusaders,” reported the Chicago Tribune. The convention’s religious fervor was also conveyed through presidential nominee Theodore Roosevelt’s dramatic acceptance speech, tellingly entitled “Confession of Faith,” which he ended by declaring, “We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord.”

The Progressive Convention’s revival-like atmosphere is parodied in this cartoon from the Democratic humor magazine, Puck. Roosevelt tries to baptize the reluctant Republican Elephant in the saving waters of “Teddyism.” He is accompanied by a choir of campaign advisors (left-right): businessman George W. Perkins, co-chairman of the Progressive Party; magazine publisher Frank Munsey, co-chairman of the Progressive Party; Gifford Pinchot, former chief forester of the United States; and James R. Garfield, former secretary of the interior. The Republicans trying to keep the panicked pachyderm from slipping into the water are (left-right): Vice President James Sherman; President William Howard Taft; William Barnes Jr., chairman of the New York Republican Party; Senator Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts; Senator Boies Penrose of Pennsylvania; Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts; and Senator Elihu Root of New York.













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