Title: Waiting for the signal from home…
Creator: Seuss, Dr., 1904-1991
Geisel, Theodor Seuss, 1904-1991
Publisher: PM Magazine
Date: February 13, 1942
I found this photo a few years ago and It’s fascinated me ever since; mainly because it was written by Theodor (Dr) Seuss. To me it highlights an interesting time in both American history and media because of it’s portrayal of the native Japanese-American citizens where they were seen not only as the enemy, but also as a homogenous population (notice that all look the same and even have the same expression). Moreover the date of that the cartoon was published (February 13, 1942) is interesting, as the executive order that allowed for the internment of Japanese-Americans came the following week on February 19th.
In short I love this photo because of it’s uniqueness; It’s drawn by a famous children’s author and it reflects the racist beliefs of War Time America on the cusp of one of the most controversial acts ever ordered by the United States government. It raises many interesting questions such as the personal beliefs of wartime authors, how stereotypes impact our actions, to what extent does the media perpetuate these stereotypes, and how much (if any) did cartoons like these affect FDR’s decision to pass executive order 9066.