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Exhibition features FDR political cartoons, Aug. 2-Jan. 31

"Testing Boundaries: Cartoon Visions of Roosevelt's Third Term," an exhibition of political cartoons from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1940 presidential campaign, will be on view from Monday, Aug. 2, through Monday, Jan. 31, at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.

After Roosevelt decided to run for an unprecedented third term, some critics expressed concern that by breaking the two-term tradition established by George Washington, Roosevelt would set a harmful precedent. Others were concerned about the continuation of his "New Deal" policies or his foreign policy agenda. Drawing from the Mudd Library's collections of 20th-century political cartoons, the illustrations on display use the exaggerated images characteristic of most political cartoons to emphasize the problems and questions at the forefront of the public's attention.

One of the most potent includes a large line drawing of George Washington with the admonition, "No Third Term, No Foreign Entanglements." Another depicts Roosevelt as the ringmaster of a circus who is about to pull a surprise out of his hat as the world looks on, while yet another illustrates the third term as a package carried by a Trojan horse.

"Testing Boundaries" is open to the public without charge from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Beginning in September, exhibit hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. A companion to the exhibition also is available online.

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