Theodore Roosevelt: Radical and King


 “The Revolutionist”
  Cartoonist:  Edward Windsor Kemble
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   June 8, 1912, p. 7

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Appearing shortly before the Republican National Convention, this stark Harper’s Weekly cartoon depicts Theodore Roosevelt as a dangerous radical. He is an American Caesar, whose self-centered policies fan the flames of class hatred and popular discontent. Arising in the background are the dark figures of revolution, war, and the vultures of death. The image is reminiscent of Harper’s Weekly cartoons criticizing the radicalism of Governor John Peter Altgeld of Illinois, a major supporter of Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan in 1896.













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