HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS + 1953   3

“Boy, We Could Develop That into Some Fine Stumps” - JPG
Herblock emphasized both the natural beauty of the United States as well as developers’ greed in extracting its resources. He drew this cartoon at a time when Congress had six conservation bills pending to protect and preserve federal lands, including one that would prevent developers from making false claims to mineral rights in national forests in order to harvest timber. Congress ultimately approved of legislation increasing federal park lands and funding their protection.
1953 
december 2012 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
Official State Department - JPG
Herblock’s 1953 April Fool’s Day cartoon boldly lampoons Senator Joseph McCarthy’s character and career to date. Casting him as a disreputable-looking huckster who has set up shop between the U.S. Capitol and government buildings, Herblock details the senator’s credentials—McCarthy’s placard reminds the viewer of his speech in 1950 insinuating the State Department harbored communists. His list of unsavory specialties includes faked documents, private investigations, and smear jobs. Some fellow Republicans challenged McCarthy, but years passed before his damaging crusade ended.
1953 
september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS
Workers, Arise, 1953 - JPG
In mid June of 1953, shortly after Joseph Stalin’s death, some 50,000 workers in East Berlin rebelled against potential pay cuts tied to increased production quotas. East German police and Soviet army troops mobilized to quell the uprising, which spread quickly throughout the communist nation of East Germany. Combined forces killed an undetermined number of workers and injured many more in a brutal clampdown strongly condemned by non-Soviet nations. Herblock depicts the shocking sight of workers who had been slain during the events.
1953 
september 2010 by HERBLOCK_POLITICAL_CARTOONS

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