Wendell Willkie
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wendell Willkie

Wendell Willkie, 1941
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Div.
(public domain)
No Decrepit Old Nag Can Throw Me


L'Etat C'Est Moi


In 1940, to the issues of New Deal policies and impending war was added the third-term question. Franklin Roosevelt did not allow that "decrepit old nag" to throw him and was re-nominated, despite charges of monarchism (39A-106710639B-1067107). The Democrats claimed that "national emergency" required his third term, though some Democrats, turning thumbs down on a third term, bolted to Wendell Willkie, the Republican candidate (39C-106710839D-1067109). 

As far as the question of New Deal policies went, there was little Willkie could say. His awkward position is caricatured here (39E-106711039F-1067111). 

The candidates' positions on the European conflict were similar. Both pledged all possible support, short of entrance into the war, to countries fighting for liberty. This cartoon sums up the situation (39G-1067112)

Although Roosevelt did little electioneering until late in the campaign, the Democrats were not pulled under by the "strong Willkie current," and FDR's victory was sound(39H-1067113).

Related Links:
C. D. Batchelor (Wikipedia)

Clarence Batchelor. From Spartacus Educational.

"C. D. Batchelor's anti-VD campaign."

"Cartoonist." Article from Time (May 5, 1941).

Daniel Fitzpatrick

People Are My Landscape: Social Struggle in the Art of William Gropper. From the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University.

William Gropper. From Spartacus Educational.

William Gropper - The Revolutionary Age covers. From Marxists.org.

The William Gropper Web Site. Official site.

Rollin Kirby

Rollin Kirby Posters

Paule Loring. From the University of Rhode Island Library Special Collections.

Political cartoons about Douglas MacArthur. Includes two of Loring's cartoons. From the PBS American Experience Web site for the episode "MacArthur".

Draw Your Own Conclusions: Political Cartooning
Then and ?

Carey Orr page from the Syracuse University Digital Library exhibit.