A Momentary Diversion at the National Circus

Title

A Momentary Diversion at the National Circus

Subject

McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949
Political cartoons
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)
Primaries--Law and legislation
Political conventions
Québec--Québec
Anniversaries
Voting
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Voting--Law and legislation
Presidents--Elections
Presidential candidates
Democratic National Convention
Conventions and congresses

Description

The crowd at the 1908 Democratic Convention gathers at the top of the viewing stands to watch the 300th anniversary celebrations in Quebec City taking place outside and ignoring the convention activities. Uncle Sam serves as ring leader of the five-ring "circus" on the floor of the convention where William Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft sit at desks in the center of the ring writing acceptance speeches, Theodore Roosevelt stands over two men in uniform fighting next to a sign reading "Naval Row," a baseball batter prepares to swing, and a man sits on a bench trying to understand new election legislation.

Creator

McCutcheon, John T.

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1908-07-22

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Format

jpg

Language

eng

Identifier

403028
John T. McCutcheon Collection

Original Format

political cartoon
b&w
1

Physical Dimensions

52 x 36 cm

Citation

McCutcheon, John T., “A Momentary Diversion at the National Circus,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed October 27, 2021, https://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/24853.