Dr. Seuss goes to war

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Thu Nov 30 07:38:34 MST 2000

Dr. Seuss Went to War: http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dspolitic/

Between 1941 and 1943, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was the chief
editorial cartoonist for the [leftist] New York newspaper PM (1940-1948),
penning over 400 editorial cartoons that commented first on American
neutrality and then involvement in the Second World War. The entire
collection of these cartoons (original drawings and/or newspaper clippings)
is held by the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of
California, San Diego. While the 1999 book Dr. Seuss Went to War reproduced
200 of these cartoons, the remaining half have not been published or
studied since their original appearance. This amazing collection has now
been placed online and is browseable by year, month, and day. Subject term
browsing will be available in the future. The cartoons are presented as
large thumbnails which link to a full-sized image presented in an
unfortunately cramped frame. The cartoons comment on a wide variety of
topics, including war preparedness, domestic politics, and isolationism,
with particular criticism for the US Congress and Americans not prepared to
sacrifice for the war effort. Caricatures of the Axis nations, especially
the Japanese, reflect contemporaneous stereotypes. Drawn in characteristic
Seuss style, with many creatures familiar to fans of his best-known work,
these cartoons are both an excellent look into wartime US domestic politics
and public opinion and clever, visually interesting cartoons in their own
right. As an added bonus, the site also features some even rarer cartoons
that Geisel drew for other publications and for war bond drives. This is
simply an excellent resource for students, researchers, and any fan of
Horton, the Grinch, the Lorax, and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. [MD]

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