Fred Seibel Exhibit Correspondence: Roosevelt
Letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt
November 11, 1936
One of Fred O. Seibel's most famous and reprinted cartoons was "Retreat From 'Moscow'," originally published November 5, 1936 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It portrayed former New York governor and one-time Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith in the role of Napoleon leading his defeated legion through the snow after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's landslide reelection victory in 1936. Smith's forces include publisher William Randolph Hearst, early radio commentator and populist Father Charles E. Coughlin and other conservative Democratic forces who had opposed FDR's reelection. The letter on White House stationary is from Roosevelt thanking Seibel for the original drawing.
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