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Catalog Number 11055-2726
Title Magazine; William Jennings Bryan; Harper's Weekly
Object Name Magazine
Description This is the front cover only of a Harper's Weekly. On the cover is a black and white drawing/political cartoon titled "One Hundred Years Hence" on the bottom of the page and signed by the artist W.A. Rogers. The cartoon is of two men: An aged William J. Bryan hunched over walking with a stick. He is wearing a long black peacoat with pants and black shoes. His face is aged and a floor length white beard hangs from his chin. He appears to be walking away with a smirk on his face from a bulletin board hung on a wooden fence that reads, "Bulletin Board. The Commoner A.D. 2008 Extra! Mr. Bryan Consents to Run Again principles revised to date" There is another billboard that reads, "Presidential Race Season of 2008". Uncle Sam is standing behind Mr. Bryan reading the bulletin with his hands in his pocket. He is wearing his usual garb of a top hat, black jacket with coattails and striped pants with stirrups. His goatee is extremely spiked out and there is a stern look on his face. Above of the drawing is the Harper's Weekly logo in a light grey rectangle box. Inside the box and below the lettering there are many illustrations of such things as books, a globe, a telescope, a compass, a scroll, leaves, a harp, bottles, paintbrushes, an artist's pallette, and an ancient greek bust. The words "Journal of Civilization" are written across the illustrations. Below the grey box the following text is printed: "Vol LI New York, Saturday, November 30, 1907 No. 2638" Then there is a bold double line across the width of the page and "Copyright, 1907, by Harper & Brothers. All rights reserved" is printed in small print below. On the back side of the cover is the editor's comments and details about this week's issue and the publication in general are printed. It is printed in two columns. At the beginning of the first column it states the editor: George Harvey; the length of the issue: "Thirty-six Pages"; the terms: "10 Cents a Copy --$4.00 a Year"; where and by whom it was published: "Harper & Brothers Franklin Square. New York, NY" and then there is a bold double line across the first column and the title "Comment "appears. Below this there are four subtitles with text following that take up the remainder of the page and include: "Mr. Bryan and the Democracy" "A Wonderful Partnership" "Must It Be Renewed?" "What Do the Voters Want?". The page number 1748 appears centered on the bottom of the page and Harper's Weekly is centered on the top of the page.
Date November 30, 1907
Material Paper, Ink
Artist Rogers, W. A.
Made Harper & Brothers, Rogers, W. A.
Place of Origin USA: New York, New York
Height (in) 13.313
Width (in) 9.25
People Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Rogers, W.A.
Search Terms 1908 US Presidential campaign
Event 1908 Election
History As William Jennings Bryan prepared for his third run for the presidency (1896, 1900, and 1908), Harper’s Weekly ran this cartoon humorously predicting that he would be available for the Democratic nomination 100 years later in 2008. After his loss in 1900, Bryan began publishing The Commoner (note the bulletin board) as an organ for his political and social views. With conservatives temporarily in control of the party in 1904, he chose not to run. However, he remained in the limelight by criticizing presidential nominee Alton B. Parker and announcing his own agenda. Following Parker’s resounding loss to President Theodore Roosevelt, Bryan regained dominance as the party’s national leader. The bulletin board in the cartoon suggests that Bryan changed his principles to suit the occasion. It is true that in 1908 he qualified his earlier call for government ownership of railroads, but his political principles were remarkably consistent over the years. He clung to the idea of free silver, for example, well past the time when most had given it up as a lost cause.
Collection Nebraska State Historical Society Permanent Collection
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