“Everything’s [Not] Okay”
The 1960s dawned auspiciously with the election of John F. Kennedy, the youngest elected president in U.S. history. Hopes for enacting his progressive New Frontier initiatives faded, however, after his tragic assassination in 1963. Years of extraordinary social, cultural, and political unrest unfolded as the nation also experienced the assassinations of Kennedy’s brother Robert and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights movement, racial riots, confrontations with communist powers, the Vietnam War, and increased polarization between citizens. Through his clearly articulated cartoons, Herb Block brought balance and well-informed opinion into the arena of public debate during this turbulent decade. With insight and even humor, when possible, he illuminated facets of the African American struggle for equal rights, domestic vs. military spending, extremism, the space race, and the horrific possibility of nuclear annihilation.
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