Taft Supporters


Other black writers did not waver from their support of Taft and the Republicans. The following editorial appeared in the October 12, 1912 issue of the Indianapolis Recorder; the cartoon appeared in the September 28, 1912 edition.

With the third term party no longer a factor in the fight, with the election of Theodore Roosevelt as complete an impossibility as that of Chapin or Debs, the campaign settles down into lines that are perfectly simple and so easily understood that the most careless voter should make no mistake as to the issues involved.

Either William H. Taft and the Republican party, or Woodrow Wilson and the Democratic party, will control the destinies of our country during the next four years.

A vote for the Republican party is a vote for the continuance of policies with which the country is well acquainted and under which it has enjoyed unbroken prosperity. A vote for the Democratic party is a vote for policies which have been tried but once in more than fifty years and which resulted then in conditions so disastrous to the nation’s business that the period is remembered as one of the blackest and most hopeless in our history. The re-election of President Taft cannot possibly bring disaster, for the country would know exactly what to expect from him and the Republican party. The election of Professor Wilson, a man wholly without experience in national affairs, and the return of the Democratic party to power, must inevitably create a feeling of uncertainty—and uncertainty always spells stagnation or industrial disaster.

Why take a chance when we already enjoy a certainty? Why vote for ANYBODY but Taft and Sherman and the Republican Party?

What arguments do the essay and cartoon make? Do they emphasize Taft's positions on race issues or other things? Why do you imagine the editors chose this tact?

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