As inauguration approached, the nation waited with anticipation for an administration that would take charge in Washington and adress the national crisis. Roosevelt was portrayed as a strong leader (often a ship captain or train engineer), who by his willingness to act had won the nation's confidence.
A Clear Track, 3/14/33, by Hungerford in theNewark Star-Eagle
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Sweeping Changes 2/21/33 By Morris in the Hoboken Observer
His First Job 3/6/33 By Hutton in the Marshall (TX) Messenger
Just Like That 3/14/33 By Talburt in the Washington News
New Leadership 3/7/33 By Ray in the Kansas City Star
Early in the Hundred Days, public response to Roosevelt's programs was positive, especially with regard to his hanling of the bank emergency, reduction in government spending and ending prohibition. As programs like AAA and NRA developed, however, editorial cartoons began to reflect the growing concern that American democracy was taking on characteristics of socialism.
It IS a New Deal, 3/11/33 By Talburt in thePittsburgh Press
Fast Worker 3/30/33 Batchelor in the New York News
What a Man By Harding in the New York Journal
Confidence in Doctor 3/10/33 By Kaiser in the Houston Post
Showing Mid-Season Form 3/16/33 By Messner in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
When the Way is Dark 3/8/33 Orr in the Salt Lake Tribune
Let's Leave Out the Joker By Cowan in the Boston Transaction
The response to Roosevelt's judicial reorganiztion, or "court-packing," plan was decidedly negative from all arenas. Cartoonists expressed the congressional, judicial and public misgivings better than anyone. While often playfully criticizing the president for "agism," the tone was at times serious and extreme, portraying FDR as a dictator intent on destroying American democracy. Editorial cartoons supportive of the president's plan were rarely seen, most likely as rare as finding approving individuals outside his administration.
Furnish the Court...Assistance, 2/6/37, by Elderman in theWashington Post
Beyond the Alps Lies Italy 2/9/37 By Batchelor in the New York News
He Just Ain't Fast Enough 2/9/37 By Homan in the Brooklyn Citizen
Samson 2/7/37 By Elderman in the Washington Post
Qualifying Test 2/12/37 By Brown in the New York Herald-Tribune
The Shadow is There 3/1/37 By Costello in the Albany News
Step by Step 2/11/37 By Warren in the Buffalo News