Lest you think Peanuts is a wholesome product of a bygone, simpler era, remember that it debuted in 1950. Setting aside that this was still Jim Crow America, basic math means that kindly old Charles Schulz lived through the Great Depression and World War II. He'd seen some rough stuff. Enough background for you? Ok cool: Schulz traded the real-life Snoopy for a load of gravel

Yeah, rough stuff. Peanuts is still pure though, right? Sure, just don't think about an entire neighborhood literally conspiring to give Charlie Brown rocks on Halloween. And don't think about Woodstock indulging in cannibalism at Thanksgiving. Yep, still pure. Just throw on that Vince Guaraldi soundtrack and thank your lucky stars the Charlie Brown Christmas special didn't have a laugh track

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