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Kissinger and 'The Books'

Kissinger and 'The Books'

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Bill Crawford


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United States involvement in the Vietnam Conflict (1964 - 1973) was one of the most controversial events in American history. Many people disagreed with the motives and rationale for the war, and with the institution of the draft, people resented the heavy death toll the war had on young men sent to combat. Additionally, by 1968, the war appeared to have stagnated into a quagmire and victory was not guaranteed. One of the most popular forms of protest that emerged during this period was the march or demonstration, usually in front of important government sites. This cartoon depicts protesters outside of National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger's office. Kissinger was a stalwart supporter of the conflict in Vietnam and refused to reconsider the course and strategies of the war, thus the cartoonist has depicted him as "sticking to the books" and ignoring the protesters.


Bill Crawford Collection, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University