Mammy Yokum and the Great Dogpatch Mystery

This giveaway comic book, published by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, presents a fable about prejudice and tolerance

Al Capp

Al Capp's satirical comic strip Lil'Abner appeared daily in more than 900 newspapers at the peak of its popularity. Set in the fictional Appalachian town of Dogpatch, the comic frequently featured social and political commentary during its 43-year run (1934-1977). In 1956, Capp introduced a story line in which a family with square eyes moves into Dogpatch and is met with prejudice by the round-eyed townspeople. Eventually, Mammy Yokum, the pipe-smoking mother of the titular character, realizes that the newcomers are essentially no different from her own family. When her neighbors form a mob to drive the square-eyed people away, she confronts them, saying, "Th' li'l diff'runces between folks shouldn't hide th' big things thass th' same 'bout all of us!!"

The sequence was reprinted later that year in this eight-page comic book published by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, New York. It included a foreword by Henry Edward Schultz, National Chairman of ADL, and a postscript by Herman Wouk.

Name: Mammy Yokum and the Great Dogpatch Mystery
Artist: Al Capp
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Origin: New York, 1956
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Dimensions: 10 in by 14 in
Credit: Unknown Donor
Catalog Number: 125.2.95