Doctor Seuss – Political Cartoonist

A Jessica Selby article in the Kent County Times describes yesterday’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday in local schools…

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and school children around the Valley took time out of their academic day to celebrate it….
Each year on March 2, millions of children nationwide join the National Education Association in celebrating “Read Across America Day,” the day devoted to celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It is, according to information from NEA, the nation’s largest reading celebration and serves as a prime showcase for focusing the country’s attention on literacy and the importance of reading.
What many people don’t know (and this might make a nice addition to the celebration for the older kids) is that early in his career, Dr. Seuss was an uncompromising World War II political cartoonist who didn’t pull any punches when challenging America through his artwork on subjects like isolationism, anti-semitism, racism, and most importantly, on the need for the United States to stand united and defeat its enemies.
The University of California at San Diego (the source of the above links) has a large collection of Dr Suess’ World War II cartoons here.

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Bob Walsh
Bob Walsh
15 years ago

Thanks for recognizing a nice thing that the National Education Association does – if you have children, stop by the Warwick Mall tomorrow (Saturday) to hear different Rhode Islanders read to kids in celebration of Dr. Suess’s birthday.

warbucks
warbucks
15 years ago

In the town of Warwick in the state of RI, there comes and there goes a most peculiar guy. On issues of substance, he’ll wax and he’ll wane. But that’s ’cause his brain is still in McLean.
And now when the spotlight shines on school choice, we see that in Washington, we still have no voice.
But there’s hope on the rise and there’ll be no surprise when a great mayor named Steve shows Lincoln his leave. Surely the Democrat who gets by in September – Steve Laffey will decidely trounce come November.
For Rhode Island Republicans these six years were the longest. But when Senator Laffey swears in, our voice will be strongest!

Fred Sanford
Fred Sanford
15 years ago

Warbucks,
What a WUNDERVOLL poem! Who could have imagined that a Laffey votary like you was capable of such poetic feats?

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