Guided Primary Source Analysis: Goal!

Nankivell, Frank A. “Goal!” 1908. Summary: Illustration shows Theodore Roosevelt wearing an athletic uniform with letters “B.S.A.C.” on the shirt, shoot a large basketball looking like and labeled “Taft” toward a basket labeled “Nomination”.

Without knowing any background information, do you think this political cartoon is positive or negative? Why?

Now do some research by following the links below and answer the questions.

Who were the candidates in the most recent presidential election campaign? Read some contemporary newspaper articles from different ends of the political spectrum (use this Media Bias chart to help you). Create a political cartoon that provides a commentary on one aspect of the campaign; the cartoon may focus on a single candidate or may provide a contrast between candidates.

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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