Civil Rights

Cartoons highlighted the unfair treatment of African-Americans and served as a call-to-action to confront racism in America.

Wolf, “Naughty Boy,” September 20, 1957

Wolf compares segregationists to a misbehaving child that needs to be controlled and corrected by American society.

McGovern, “I Raised Him from a Puppy,” March 22, 1968

McGovern is commenting on the need for white Americans to reflect on and address the role they have played in fostering racism.

McGovern, “Step in the Right Direction,” April 19, 1968

The Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibited the discrimination of housing based on race. The cartoon highlights that more work is needed until African Americans could enjoy full equality.

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