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"Civil Rights Report" cartoon from Greenfield Recorder newspaper

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This cartoon appeared several days after the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King. The title, "Civil Rights Report," is a grim play on words. It refers to the frequent reports on American race relations received by the U.S. congress but also the report, or sound, of a rifle shot. The slow process of institutional change, symbolized by the image of the capital building, is interrupted by the assassin's bullet. The influential cartoonist "Herblock" was a master of these dramatic contrasts.


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