January 29, 2020

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. Who was running for office in 1908? Who was among the candidate’s supporters?

Use the links above to discover what happened in the 1912 election. How might this political cartoon have changed given the circumstances in 1912?

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

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