Ill Literacy, Episode XL: Charlie Brown’s America (Guest: Blake Scott Ball)
In Episode XL of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Blake Scott Ball, author of “Charlie Brown's America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts.”
Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Blake Scott Ball of Huntingdon College to discuss his new book, Charlie Brown's America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts. They discuss how Schulz’s upbringing, his time in the U.S, Army in World War II, his religious views, and the Cold War shaped the comic strip. They also discuss Schulz’s political leanings and how he dealt with integrating the strip in the late 1960’s.
Financial Times: Robert Armstrong – “Charlie Brown’s America: how a nation went nuts for a comic strip”
The New Republic: Scott Bradfield – “Charlie Brown Tried to Stay Out of Politics”
The Wall Street Journal: Michael Taube – “‘Charlie Brown’s America’ Review: ‘Peanuts’ and Politics”https://www.wsj.com/articles/charlie-browns-america-review-peanuts-and-politics-11623968897?mod=article_inline