For decades, readers have enjoyed the stories and illustrations of
Theodor Seuss Geisel—Dr. Seuss. Famous for his children’s books, Dr.
Seuss’s political cartoons have remained largely unknown. From 1941 to 1943, Seuss served as chief editorial cartoonist for the
New York liberal newspaper PM, and his work commented on issues of
the day. His political cartoons during World War II denounced isolationism, racism and
anti-Semitism. They sold war bonds and attacked Hitler, Mussolini and the
Japanese in a manner that melded message, fantasy and reality in a
uniquely Seussian style. The influence of Dr. Seuss’s work at PM could later be seen throughout his whimsical children's books, where he employed serious
themes such as fairness, tolerance and democracy in his quest
to enlist everyone to help make a better world.