Little Orphan Annie's Giant Legacy; the Little Cartoon Waif Helped Reshape 20th-Century Conservatism

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), June 14, 2010 | Go to article overview

Little Orphan Annie's Giant Legacy; the Little Cartoon Waif Helped Reshape 20th-Century Conservatism


Byline: Michael Taube, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

On June 13, the comic strip Annie - or, as it used to be known, Little Orphan Annie - will conclude an impressive 85-year run in the funny pages.

Unfortunately, very few people will see or read the final panels. While Annie inspired a popular Broadway musical, Hollywood movie and radio and TV programs, the once-legendary strip is carried by fewer than 20 newspapers today. For fans and occasional readers, it's a sad ending to an important piece of Americana.

But they're not the only ones who should mourn the passing of Annie. Those of us on the right of the political spectrum also should pay homage to the strip's historical role in promoting capitalism, a free-market economy and political conservatism to a wider audience.

Annie's creator, Harold Gray, was once described by comics historian Coulton Waugh as Republican and conservative to his toenails. During the Great Depression, the cartoonist was a fierce opponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal. He detested labor unions and communism. He railed against corruption in all aspects of society, especially Big Business.

Gray eventually morphed his political and economic philosophies into his creation. As noted by Richard Marshall in the book America's Great Comic Strip Artists, "Annie's homilies and examples of self-reliance and realistic optimism struck a chord with millions of readers who formed a fanatical and loyal corps of followers "But it went much deeper than that. Marshall also wrote that Annie became a"personalized creation in which [Gray's] own voice obviously predominated, yet one that featured a succession of characters and situations so vivid as to move adherents to tears and detractors to impotent fury over events in the 'lives' of mere paper actors."

This is especially true with respect to one of Gray's main characters, Oliver Daddy Warbucks. Liberals and socialists typically viewed him as a tough, greedy businessman who would crush his enemies like bugs. Meanwhile, conservatives and right-leaning liberals often regarded Warbucks as a successful, hardworking financial tycoon. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Little Orphan Annie's Giant Legacy; the Little Cartoon Waif Helped Reshape 20th-Century Conservatism
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.