The National Party Conventions


 “And the Waters were Divided”
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Puck
  Date:  July 31, 1912

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Using the biblical analogy of Moses parting the Red Sea, this Puck cartoon predicts that the split in the Republican Party, between followers of William Howard Taft and those of Theodore Roosevelt, will allow the Democratic Party and the nation to reach the Promised Land. In the background, the “Predatory Pharaohs” are the wealthy who allegedly had kept the nation in subjection and the Democrats out of power. Standing in the foreground is Democratic presidential nominee Woodrow Wilson as Moses, who was chosen by God to lead his people out of bondage in Egypt.

Other identifiable Democrats are (left-right): William F. McCombs, Wilson’s co-campaign manager until he suffered a nervous breakdown; vice-presidential nominee Thomas R. Marshall, the governor of Indiana; William Jennings Bryan, the former presidential nominee (1896, 1900, 1908); Senator James O’Gorman of New York; Senator John Sharp Williams of Mississippi; Senator John Kern of Indiana, the 1908 vice-presidential nominee; Governor Judson Harmon of Ohio; Norman E. Mack, current member and 1908 chairman of the Democratic National Party and outgoing chairman of the New York State Democratic Party (1911-1912); Senator Thomas Gore of Oklahoma; Congressman Oscar Underwood of Alabama; Speaker of the House Champ Clark of Missouri; editor Henry Watterson of the Louisville Courier-Journal; and, editor George Harvey of Harper’s Weekly.













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