Little-known editorial cartoons by Dr. Seuss re-emerged online this past week, as critics of President Donald Trump’s order on immigration and refugees drew parallels between the beloved children’s author’s warnings and America's current political climate.
The cartoon most spread across social media depicts a woman reading a story about “Adolf the Wolf” to two children, all three drawn in the author’s unmistakable style.
As seen in that cartoon, the woman’s shirt reads “America First,” the slogan championed by isolationists ahead of World War II and echoed today by Trump.
Historian Richard H. Minear collected the cartoons of Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, for his book Dr. Seuss Goes to War. As Minear recounts , Geisel spent two years as chief editorial cartoonist for PM, a New York Newspaper, from 1941 to 1943.
During that time, Geisel’s musings on the war spilled out into more than 400 cartoons that he wrote and illustrated. The works focused on racism and isolationism, criticizing far-right extremism in the U.S. and abroad.
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