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This cartoon focuses on police violence in 1965 during voting rights protests in Selma Alabama. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had banned legal segregation in the American south but African-Americans were still prohibited from voting in most southern states. The civil rights movement made Selma, Alabama a target of voting rights protests. On March 7, 1965, state troopers brutally attacked peaceful marchers with tear gas and clubs, an event broadcast that evening on national television. National outrage, reflected in this cartoon, forced state officials to allow a peaceful march a few days later. Here, a patch on the state trooper's shoulder reads "storm troopers," a reference to World War II-era NAZIs. The war and German fascism were recent memories for many readers of the Recorder.


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"I got one of 'em just as she almost made it back to the church" cartoon from Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Recorder-Gazette
date   Mar 11, 1965
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   7.75"
width   5.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Illustration
accession #   #L08.002

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"Marchers to Converge on Lincoln Memorial" and "Washington Will be Symbol of U.S. Power Marchers" article in GRG newspaper

"King's Dream Speech In 1963 Urged Full Rights For Negroes" article from Greenfield Recorder newspaper

"Gun Controls" editorial in Greenfield Recorder newspaper

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