Sunday, April 11, 2010

Declaration of Independence - Animator #76 4/14/44

My college,  the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Research, prided itself on it's primary source policy.   Intellectual inquiry began with documents of the day, not what later people had to say about them.

Maybe that's why I enjoy these Screen Cartoonist Guild newsletters from '40s.  They're little time capsules.

In this issue, editor Karl Van Leuven takes the entirety of the publication to republish the Declaration of Independence.  This was in response to "being deluged by propaganda which paraphrases or summarizes this core [belief], and then attempts to attach new concepts or meanings which are often in direct contradiction to our basic beliefs."

Imagine if Guild today came out to advocate reducing the world's nuclear arsenal. 

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