Analysis Of The Heat Of World War II

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Vivian Lei
Professor Berland, Professor Warner
HSHM 202: Media and Medicine in Modern America
2 December 2013
In 1943, in the heat of World War II, Captain Theodor Geisel, commonly known today as Dr. Seuss, published This is Ann, a pamphlet warning of the perils of malaria’s mistress, the Anopholes mosquito. Disease, malaria in particular, proved to be the greatest cause of casualties in the army, even greater than those inflicted through enemy combat. Though initially aimed toward the military audience, This is Ann… She Drinks Blood! was later adapted in November 1943 by the U.S. Department of War for national circulation to war involved organizations and groups across America through Newsmaps , a publication featuring maps
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The cartoon succeeds in providing the direct association of Ann with malaria in a way that is visually appealing accompanied with text that is direct and approachable to all audiences, especially toward its intended young GI audience. On November 8th, 1943, the U.S. Department of War published Ann on the back of each Newsmap to circulate the message that Ann was not only spreading but was presented as a high threat to the safety of soldiers as well as the nation. The Newsmaps provided a means to both educate young cadets as well as the general public of the afflictions of WWII. This particular issue featured a map of the world showing areas of high risk for contracting malaria. While the map was a typical feature of the Newsmap publications, as indicated by its name, the November 8th issue was accompanied by an excerpt from Geisel’s This is Ann… She Drinks Blood! revealing a racy Ann smirking as she sips from a cocktail glass filled with blood. Featuring Leaf and Geisel’s original text, the Newsmap warned its readers that Ann was “dying to meet you”, but that the threat of Ann could be avoided because “you’ve got the … stuff to lick her if you will USE IT.” However, the pamphlet is keen on alerting that should one “get sloppy and careless about her… she’ll bat you down just as surely as a bomb, a bullet or a shell.” The U.S. Department of War conveyed a loud and clear
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