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. n 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 Top-Hat. Right above the top border reads, “Buy More U. S. Savings Bonds and Stamps! ” War Bonds are debt securities issued by a government for the purpose of financing military operations during times of war. War Bonds and Stamps would provide extra money for the United States government to spend on the war, and then repay to the citizens once the war ceases.
The beast seems to of been pulled out of a dark jungle to the left of the cage. The dark jungle most likely represents Germany, which at this point has grown to the size of 70% Europe. The image Suess has shown is at the time, what could have been the near future if U. S. citizens purchased War Bonds and Stamps. Geisel tries to provide a bright, safe, successful future for Americans, if the war would come to a close. Suess’s talent of creating Political Cartoons was never up to par with his ability to create children’s books.
But in retrospect, that’s fine seeing as he is one of the, if not most celebrated children’s cartoonists in History. This Political Cartoon never really had a huge impact on the war. It possibly changed the opinions of a few American Citizens about the purchase of War Bonds and Stamps, but never provided a huge turning point for the War. Geisel’s bias did not affect the impact of his works. As a celebrated children’s cartoonist, your background will never really affect anything you create. Suess doesn’t taint his background by the use of racism of extreme Nationalism.
Rather, he keeps his cartoons clean, and tries not to offend anyone. In conclusion, Suess’s Political Cartoons played a fairly large role in the promotion of Nationalism in America during WW2. His cartoons persuaded many into his ideas of that of the greater good of the United States. In my opinion, the Political Cartoon I chose basically took a back-seat to all other WW2 Cartoons. it never really changed the minds of many. What I like about his cartoons is the fact that he keeps them clean, and offends practically no one.