Bryan vs. the Democratic Machine: 1912 Democratic National Convention, Part 2: Cartoons Magazine Centennial
In 1912, the Democratic nomination was up for grabs going into the Convention, and Wall Street moneyed interests made a play at aligning with the Party Bosses in general — and the corrupt Tammany Hall in particular — at getting in their man (Champ Clark). They’d already succeeded in having their puppet — Taft — nominated by the G.O.P. (resulting in a party revolt/split, in this era where the general populace well understood and lived beneath the abuses of unregulated corporations, and were determined to break the yolk Wall Street had upon them).
When Tammany made its move to support Champ Clark, past nominee William Jennings Bryan, who still commanded respect from many in the Democratic Party, threw his support against Tammany and Wall Street, supporting instead Reform (and Wilson). That battle between Bryan and corrupt forces at the 1912 Convention, is the subtext behind today’s set of cartoons (all of which came from the August 1912 edition of Cartoons Magazine).
Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.
Below, more by Ole May, Culver, and Clubb.
ElectionComics Financial Reforms James E. Murphy John Scott Clubb