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Thanksgiving Wishbone

Happy Thanksgiving Mr. President! Did you know that Thanksgiving was not always celebrated on the third Thursday of November?

Prior to 1939 Thanksgiving was always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, in accordance to President Lincoln’s 1863 Proclamation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to change the date of Thanksgiving at…

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, depicted here, represented the two opposing political sides of the debate over how to solve the Great Depression. Hoover represented the Republican and FDR represented the Democrats. However it seems that no one has the solution.

Our Deepest Sympathy Mr. President

On September 7, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt lost his mother, Sara.[1] Sara Roosevelt was 86 at the time of her passing. The act of Uncle Sam sympathizing with FDR shows how the nation as a whole could relate to the president. This was an especially trying time for Roosevelt as his mother was his only remaining parent after his father, James, passed…

You President Baiting, Whiskey Drinking, Poker Playing, Evil Old Men!
Here we see President Franklin D. Roosevelt wagging his finger at the House and Senate as they play poker. FDR is chastising the two poker players over the the subject of neutrality. in August, when this cartoon was published, the 76th Congress was considering repealing the Neutrality Act of 1937, which would allow belligerent nations to purchase…

Franklin The Great

Does President Franklin D. Roosevelt have anything up his sleeves? He seems to want the American public to think that there is “nothing up his sleeve”, however, the hidden rabbit with the tag “next surprise appointment” is seen. During his time as President, FDR appointed many people including a two supreme court justices. However, this cartoon…

Here President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown as a carnival hand prompting the personified Senate to knock down certain people. These people include Justice Owen Roberts, Alfred Smith, and Francis Biddle. This game represents the debate over the National Labor Relations Act (better known as the Wagner Act). Justice Smith is already knocked over in…

Clear and Much Cooler

Tracking the outcome of the 1938 Senatorial Primaries, FDR is looking to see the effects of his planned “purge” of the Senate. This “purge” consisted of FDR backing liberal challengers to incumbent senators from states who were opposed to his New Deal policies.[1] The plan would be considered one of FDR’s greatest missteps. [1]Susan Dunn.…

Who Was That Convoy I Saw You With Last Night?

Convoy or patrol? That is the question. FDR is shown here explaining that his perceived naval convoy is in fact just a naval patrol. This distinction was very important to FDR as the American public disapproved of his naval expenses. FDR maintained that the naval build up was strictly for defensive purposes in the years leading up to World War…

Prominent Toothaches in Washington

Oww. Looks like President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his administration have some terrible toothaches. Here he and his Vice President William Garner have toothaches that illustrate the nagging concerns of the day, such as the Great Depression. Alongside them is the Nation’s Businesses, whose toothache is representative of high taxes.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown here forcing the Democratic Party, represented by a donkey, the party’s mascot, to accept the New Deal as it would otherwise lead to their death. Resistance to the New Deal was prevalent in the years leading up to this cartoon. Republican Herbert Hoover was one of the main opponents against the New Deal as…