Dr. Seuss’s career as a children’s author, though it had a lasting impact, overshadows nearly all of his work as a political activist. In today’s age, Dr. Seuss is remembered primarily as a children’s cartoonist and author. Yet, in his time, he was more than just an author, more than just a mean of entertainment— he was a leader. As a mere citizen, he attracted the curiosity of the government through his outspoken political ideas which he voiced through his cartoons (Cohen.)
          As a cartoonist, he used his art to influence the American society, stressing the urgency of the impending war. Though his cartoons can be seen as controversial, the impact they had paralleled the goals of the American government to strengthen national support in America’s war efforts. Although Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Geisel, could not directly aid in combat, he contributed by becoming part of a special team assembled by the military (Minear). Hired to create war propaganda and recruiting videos, Geisel’s dedication to his work allowed him to earn the respect of his colleagues (Independent Lens).

1. A clip of the Academy Award winning short film Dr. Seuss helped to create.

2. A clip of an epsiode of "Private Snafu", the series of recruitment videos Dr. Seuss made for the government.

     His work with the government during World War II required the youth-friendly illustrations of Dr. Seuss to persuade America’s younger generations to directly aid in the war effort. Through animated recruitment videos that featured characters such as Private Snafu, Dr. Seuss’s power as a propaganda machine was realized. The government had hoped with films would aid in recruitment, but never imagined the magnitude of positive response from the younger generations. Dr. Seuss single handedly, through his art, helped to awaken America to the pending problems of war (Morgan). Because his work as an author shadows his work as a political activist, his pro-war efforts are often forgotten.
     Both Dr. Seuss’s political career and his career writing children’s literature comprise his entire legacy. As a children’s author, he is considered the “Modern Mother Goose”. His children’s books aren’t just mere fairy tales, but as a true inspiration would, Dr. Seuss incorporated lessons of morality and human nature. His stories were written not only to entertain, but to educate (Morgan). A short film he helped to create, Gerald McBoing-Boing, won an Academy Award. It went against standards of its time by straying away from the typical animations often seen in Walt Disney's work (Reid). Even this short film incorporated a moral story, teaching children to be who they are because it will eventually pay off (Morgan). By raising the standards of literature, Dr. Seuss set a standard that could never again be compared to. Dr. Seuss not only changed America, but his books spread across the world. Decades after his lifetime, Dr. Seuss’s stories continue to fill the shelves of young children across the world.

3. UCSD celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday with the Geisel Library.

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmETzin2qaU2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGg-3XGliVQ
3. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/graphics/images/2008/02-08Seuss02BIG.jpg
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