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Political Cartoons

Political cartoons are satirical commentaries on current political situations. They often appear in the editorial section of newspapers and are also referred to as editorial cartoons. Historians find them helpful resources because they not only give insight into historical events, but they provide a perspective on public opinion.

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was a cartoonist most well known for childrens books. However, from 1941-1943 he was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM. This exercise focuses on a political cartoon Dr. Seuss published on June 30, 1942 made available at Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Suess from the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego.

How to Use This Website

This website revolves around the interactive explore page. The image on this page becomes active when you roll over it with your mouse. The activated text provides information and questions that pertain to this cartoon specifically and historical images in general.

Before viewing the explore page go to the view page. This will allow you to examine the cartoon and begin to analyze the image. When you feel comfortable, proceed to the explore page.

For those interested in more political cartoons from Dr. Seuss, visit the more page. There are six images selected. Think about how studying more of Dr. Seuss's cartoons helps you understand the one on this site.