Just My Blamed Luck!

Just My Blamed Luck!

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Champ Clark was a prominent Democratic politician from Missouri from the 1890s till his death in 1921, and was the frontrunner candidate for the Democratic nomination during the 1912 Presidential campaign. His interests lay with agriculture in the Midwest and South, which could explain his depiction with a typical tool of farming. The presence of the African American male could represent racial conflict for Clark, perhaps in a wish that he could ignore the issue of race that was ever present in the context of agriculture at the time, especially in the South. Roosevelt was more aligned with concerns of the East such as regulation of big business, and was not known to be particiularly sympathetic toward the concerns of African Americans. This interpretation could also explain Clark's words "Just My Blamed Luck."
Despite Clark's anticipated victory at becoming the Democratic nominee, he lost to Woodrow Wilson.
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Object Name
political cartoon
Object Type
editorial cartoons
date made
ca 1912
depicted person
Roosevelt, Theodore
depicted (sitter)
Clark, Champ
Berryman, Clifford
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 14 1/8 in; 38.1 cm x 35.87826 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Political Campaigns
Political Conventions
African American
Presidential Campaign of 1912
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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