Dunagin Samantha Smith cartoon, 1983
Contributed by Maine State Museum
Ralph Dunagin of the Orlando Sentinel drew an editorial cartoon that suggested how well known Samantha Smith (1972-1985) of Manchester had become after she wrote a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov that advocated for peace and asked if he planned to start a war.
Andropov wrote back assuring her he wanted peace and invited her and her parents to visit the Soviet Union. They spent two weeks traveling there in July 1983.
Worldwide media covered the news of Samantha Smith's letter, Andropov's reply and the trip.
The cartoon shows a young boy pointing at a television set. He says, "Hey, there's the guy who got the letter from Samantha Smith."
Smith and her father, Arthur, were killed in a plane crash in 1985.
- Title: Dunagin Samantha Smith cartoon, 1983
- Creator: Dunagin, Ralph
- Creation Date: 1983-07-25
- Subject Date: 1983
- Media: Ink on paper
- Object Type: Text and Image
For more information about this item, contact:
Maine State Museum
83 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
Children and peace
Smith, Samantha, 1972-1985--Correspondence
Andropov, Yuri Vladimirovich, 1914-1984--Correspondence
Smith, Samantha, 1972-1985
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.