In 1968, schoolteacher Harriet Glickman wrote to Charles Schulz about the lack of African-American characters in the popular comic strip Peanuts. Glickman, concerned about the racial tensions in the United States, urged Schultz that an African-American comic character could influence public opinion. See Glickman’s first letter to Schultz below:
Schulz and Glickman exchanged several letters, discussing Schultz’s desire not to offend people of color by seeming to trivialize racial tensions by adding an African-American character. Glickman solicited opinions from some African-American friends and relayed their ideas to Schultz. The two stayed in touch, and Schultz notified Gluckman when the new character would appear in 1973.
Read the article, “How a Schoolteacher Helped Create the First Black Peanuts Character,” for more of the correspondence between Schultz and Gluckman. Identify the arguments Glickman used to convince Schultz. Why do you think she was successful?