Summer is a critical time for candidates to campaign across the nation in preparation for the primaries the following spring. In this Clifford Berryman political cartoon, Ohio senator Robert A. Taft - son of former President William Howard Taft - examines an electoral map of the United States while planning his "summer schedule" with the hopes of becoming the next President. Robert Taft, however, had a poor showing in the Republican primaries and at the Republican convention the next summer, lost the nomination to New York Governor Thomas Dewey. Text adapted from “Summer Schedule” and “The Fishin’ Season”: Cartoons by Clifford Berryman” in the January/February 2008 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication Social Education.
National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate Used with the permission of the U.S. Senate