Theodor Seuss Geisel or Dr. Seuss drew some of the most famous children characters and books including The Grinch, The Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham. What is still little known about him was his early stance and promotion of action by United States to enter World War II. In 1941 Dr. Seuss used his whimsy fantasy cartoons to persuade the public and leaders of his view of the importance of fighting the wars in Europe and Asia . Beginning with the PM New York Daily, and then some other periodicals, he used the comical Seussian stable of creatures to motivate his anti-isolationist message. Humorous contraptions, tubas, dachshunds, dodo birds, ostriches, cats, dogs, dragons, mousetraps were mixed with Mussolini, Hitler and Josef Stalin. These PM cartoons show there could be a deeper meaning to some of Dr. Seuss other classics. Some later books like "The Butter Battle Book", "The Lorax", "The Sneetches" (plea for racial tolerance) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! had another level to them. Theodor Seuss Geisel's first work where he signed "Dr. Seuss" was published in Judge in 1928. Seuss died in 1991 at the age of 87. Historian Richard Minear published "Dr. Seuss Goes to War" in 1999 describing this interesting part of Seuss. FranklinBookStore.Com has several first printings of Dr. Seuss War Cartoons and other cartoons, articles or stories.
The Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940 occurred without United States involvement as the Nazi forces advanced. It was December 1941 before U.S. fully entered the war. Here is a good example of Seuss's belief of the inevitable conflict that was coming verses the America's public that thought we could have peace. The Appeasers' Mirror September 26 1941 PM.