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Dr. Seuss – The Politico

Earlier in the week we had a post about Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but also mentioned a little known fact regarding his WWII political cartoons. More than 200 of these cartoons were were assembled for the first time in the book Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard H. Minear.

Minear said that there is “a disconnect between what we usually think of as Dr. Seuss and the content of the cartoons.” However, many Dr. Seuss’s whimsical children’s books also contain serious themes. Yertle the Turtle, for example, is a cautionary tale against dictators. The Lorax contains a strong environmental message. The Sneetches is a plea for racial tolerance. Horton Hears a Who is a parable about the American Occupation of Japan. And The Butter Battle Book pillories the Cold War and nuclear deterrence. Even the Cat in the Hat’s famous red-and-white-striped hat has a political predecessor in the top hat Uncle Sam wears in Dr. Seuss’s wartime cartoons.

Here are a few of the cartoons.


Filed by chris santiago at March 4th, 2009 under BLOG

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