Political Cartoon Essay

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The Political Cartoon I chose, titled “Cages Cost Money” by Dr. Theodor Geisel, or more notably known as “Dr. Suess”, is an advertisement directed to the American population, trying to convince them to purchase “War Bonds and Stamps.” I chose this cartoon due mostly to the fact that it is a non-violent, non-racist depiction of a way to convince the people of your country to provide goods for soldiers fighting. (ie: Nationalism) Most other Political Cartoons relating to other countries on opposing sides have some sort of racial slur or violence involved in it. It’s nice to see that Dr. Suess maintained his reputation through this accurate depiction of a possible future with a Clean-Cut cartoon. Dr. Suess was an American writer and cartoonist most well know for his children’s books. Suess also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns , and as a political cartoonist for PM, a NYC newspaper. During WW2, he worked in an animation department of the U.S. Army, where he wrote a film, “Design for Death”, which later in 1947, won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. March 2nd, Geisel’s birthday, has been adopted as the annual date for Nation Read Across America Day. in his honor. Theodor Suess Geisel was born in Springfield, Mass. on March 2nd, 1904 to Theodor Robert and Henriette Suess Geisel. Suess attended Springfield High School, and enrolled in Dartmouth College in 1921. As punishment for caught drinking with friends, Dean Craven Laycock insisted he resign from all extracurricular activities, including the Humor Magazine he was involved in. Instead of resigning from his position in the magazine, he began to work under his pen name “Suess.” This would be the name he would sign many of his works with. The Political Cartoon I chose, “Cages Cost Money”, shows some sort of behemoth beast, representative of Adolf Hitler, with a Swastika insignia imprinted on its back, trapped in a cage being pulled by a small bird with a rifle and an American...
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