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And 1940 is a Leap Year

Leap Years, in which the month of February has an extra day, occur only once every four years. On that extra day, marvelous and extraordinary things can happen.

As it turns out, the 1940 was a leap year, and also a presidential election year. In a marvelous event, Incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigned and was successfully elected to a third…

I Kinda Think 1940 is Going to be a Young Man's Year

In 1940 the Democratic presidential candidate was incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Republican party was made up of a diverse group of political hopefuls: Hoover, Vandenberg, La Guardia, Taft, Barton, Lodge, and Dewey. A photo of each is presented with the age of the candidates, the oldest being Herbert Hoover at 65 and the youngest being Dewey…

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…

May I Peep Through This Knothole?

Looks like Herbert Hoover is trying to get a one up on the Republicans! 1936 was an election year and Republican candidate, Alfred Landon, was doing his best to attack the New Deal plans that Democratic nominee, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was putting into play as president. Herbert Hoover was still popular with the democrats at this time and was doing…

Just Who is Head Mahout Around Here?

The term “mahout” is used in South/South East Asia to refer to a person who works with or rides elephants. The symbol of the G.O.P is also an elephant. Ron A. Lewis here makes an ironic illustration on the uncertainty of who will be the “head” rider of the Republican party, as in 1940 there was not a strong candidate for the…

What Will The Harvest Be?

Seems like the Republicans are doing a great job mowing over Springfield, Illinois! In preparation for the 1936 election year, the Republican party held a “grassroots” convention in Springfield Illinois to rally the party and raise hopes for the next year. In doing this, they GOP reminded their members of both the greatness of one…

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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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…

"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. …