Sunday, June 17, 2007

Democratic Donkey, Republican Elephant, They're Off Again!,

Democratic Donkey, Republican Elephant, They're Off Again!ARC Identifier: 306156, Title: They're Off Again!, 09/08/1949. Creator: U.S. Senate. Office of Senate Curator. (? - ) ( Most Recent) Type of Archival Materials: Photographs and other Graphic Materials. Level of Description: Item from Record Group 46: Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2006
Location: Center for Legislative Archives (NWL), National Archives Building, Room 8E, 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408 PHONE: 202-501-5350, FAX: 202-219-2176, EMAIL:

Production Date: 09/08/1949, Part of: Series: Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, 1896 - 1949, Scope & Content Note: This cartoon features Senator Robert A. Taft and President Harry S. Truman with the Repbulican elephant and the Democratic donkey. Both are candidates for president.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted, Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

Specific Records Type: cartoons (humorous images) Variant Control Number(s): NAIL Control Number: NWL-46-BERRYMAN-A078, Copy 1 Copy Status: Preservation-Reproduction-Reference Storage Facility: National Archives Building - Archives I (Washington, DC) Media Media Type: Paper

Index Terms Contributors to Authorship and/or Production of the Archival Materials Berryman, Clifford K., Artist

This symbol of the party was born in the imagination of cartoonist Thomas Nast and first appeared in Harper's Weekly on November 7, 1874.

An 1860 issue of Railsplitter and an 1872 cartoon in Harper's Weekly connected elephants with Republicans, but it was Nast who provided the party with its symbol.

Oddly, two unconnected events led to the birth of the Republican Elephant. James Gordon Bennett's New York Herald raised the cry of "Caesarism" in connection with the possibility of a thirdterm try for President Ulysses S. Grant. The issue was taken up by the Democratic politicians in 1874, halfway through Grant's second term and just before the midterm elections, and helped disaffect Republican voters. Origin of the Elephant

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