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The Cup That Cheers

Straw polls, or a straw vote is an “unofficial ballot conducted as a test of public opinion. Here the Republicans and the Democrats are competing to “drink” the most straw vote results. The Democratic Party had been in power since 1932. According to Gallup polls President Roosevelt’s approval ratings steadily grew throughout…

Something in the Air

In the analogy to the papal election process, the democratic donkey observes the third term talk for FDR. The possibility of FDR being up for a third presidential term was a highly contested issue on the eve of the 1940 presidential election as FDR was not a desirable nominee for many democrats

The End of the Bemidji Powow

The general message of this cartoon is on the irony clinging to an American identity. Each of the groups in this cartoon is decorated with feathers signifying their claim to a true native American identity. In this image Suffragettes, Statesmen, Business men, and the Republican and Democratic party all have decorated themselves in Indian…

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown here forcing the Democratic Party, represented by a donkey, the party’s mascot, to accept the New Deal as it would otherwise lead to their death. Resistance to the New Deal was prevalent in the years leading up to this cartoon. Republican Herbert Hoover was one of the main opponents against the New…

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The possibility of receiving a third presidential term created a great deal of controversy for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Pictured here with some of his closest advisers Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, Secretary of Commerce Harry Hopkins, and Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace, FDR is faced with an opposition of the GOP and…

Would Flit Have Been Better?

Those pesky flies! In an attempt to recharge the New Deal, FDR made an attempt to “purge” democratic members of the Senate who were opposed to his economic policies. In this process FDR backed liberal challengers for senate seats versus the incumbent in the 1938. The purge turned out to be one of the worst political missteps in…

A Sailboat, a June Night, and You

All aboard the ship to Jefferson Island! FDR is shown here with his Democratic Donkey companion setting sail to Jefferson Island located in the Chesapeake Bay. While the island was a vacation destination for the President this cartoon shows a more politically charged event. The President was known to host “stag parties” on the island for a…

The Slide Show

The 1940 presidential election was particularly significant for FDR as he was seeking his third presidential term. At this time there was no law indicating that the president could only serve two terms and FDR was furiously campaigning to seek a third nomination. He is shown in this cartoon as trying to sway possible Republican voters over to his…

"I'll be back in November"

Republican party has conned the Democratic Donkey out of its clothes in a game of poker. During the 1930s Maine held its Congressional elections in September, two months before the November election date. Thus, the G.O.P may have won the races in the September election but this image promotes the idea of a Democratic Party victory in…

"Spirit of Old Hickory"

Old donkey Hickory is not going down without a fight! Even though the Democrats lost New York in the 1920 election, their spirit did not waver! The democratic nominee, James Cox won over the south. However, Warren G. Harding won not only New York, but also the west, making him the winner of the Presidency, despite how much the Democrats fought. …