Political Philosophy Behind Dr. Seuss’s Cartoons and Poetry: Decoding the Adult Meaning of a Children’s Text

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This collection of essays is an exceptional introduction to the political philosophy of Dr. Seuss through analysis of some of his most beloved work. This inquiry presents a way of understanding our society, our government, its policies and how we have evolved and progressed as a nation as seen through the eyes of one of America’s most superb cartoonists and one of its greatest writers of contemporary children’s literature.


“Bracey argues for Seuss to be read as a primarily moral or even didactic writer, and one who often combines both a pragmatic and utopian vision in his exploration of “the link between human rights and human governance”… [it] serves as a useful introduction to non-specialists who may be interested in the wide-ranging political and social implications behind some of the renowned children’s author’s most popular works.”
-Dr. David Buehrer,
Valdosta State University

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Demystifying Black American Slavery through Dr. Seuss’ The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Chapter Two: Understanding Our Dysfunctional U.S. Congress in Dr. Seuss’ If I Ran the Circus: The End of Civility and Bipartisanship
Chapter Three: Analyzing U.S. Presidential Leadership in Dr. Seuss’ The King’s Stilts
Chapter Four: Assessing the U.S. Criminal Justice System in Dr. Seuss’ If I Ran the Zoo
Chapter Five: Dr. Seuss’ I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew and Decoding the American Bureaucracy
Chapter Six: Deciphering the U.S. Illegal Immigration Problem in Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
Chapter Seven: Condemning Absolute Power in Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle: A Cry for Freedom and Democracy in China
Chapter Eight: Implications of Modern-Day Cold-War in Dr. Seuss’ The Butter Battle Book
Chapter Nine: Environmental Politics in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: The Need for Sustainability
Chapter Ten: Explaining American Spirituality and Religious Politics in Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches the Egg
Chapter Eleven: American Popular Culture and the Politics of Race in Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches
Chapter Twelve: The new Realities and Politics of Aging in Dr. Seuss’ You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children

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