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.

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  • 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

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Maine State Museum
Maine State Museum, 83 state house station, Augusta, ME 04333

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