Propaganda And Reputation Of Dr. Seuss Political Cartoons

561 Words3 Pages
During WWII, propaganda played a large role in societies around the world. It was used to increase support for the war and commitment to either an Axis or Allied victory. Governments used an immense array of media and propagandists to generate animosity for the enemy and support for its followers; patriotism became the central theme of advertising throughout the war. During the war, government-authorized propaganda was also used to remind citizens that their country was fighting a just cause against monstrous enemies. Propaganda took the form of posters, cartoons, and films that were shown publicly in movie theatres, newspapers, magazines as well as schools to target all people. The main point of propaganda at this time was to portray one message: the…show more content…
In the United States, many propagandists emerged to form political cartoons as a career, such as Theodor Seuss Geisel, or more commonly known as Dr. Seuss. Dr. Suess’ cartoons have been deemed racist by many, including Jim Edwards, the author of the article “Before Dr. Seuss Was Famous He Dew These Sad, Racist Ads” in Business Insider. Society should not consider Dr. Seuss’ political cartoons racist because they accurately represented wartime opinions and ideologies at the time. Ultimately what is at stake here, are the views and reputation of Dr. Seuss as a children’s book author. His propaganda effectively portrayed American society as a whole, rather than his beliefs, thus we should be able to forgive his style of propaganda. Dr. Seuss is most commonly known as a children’s book author. His more popular works include Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, The Lorax and How the Grinch Stole Christmas to name just a few. Dr.

    More about Propaganda And Reputation Of Dr. Seuss Political Cartoons

      Open Document