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Cartoonist Depicts U.S. Escalation in Vietnam

Not long after his election in 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson moved to increase American involvement in Vietnam. This policy would soon result in the defacto American take-over of the effort against the North Vietnamese Communists. In the week this cartoon was published, the State Department announced that Johnson had authorized direct American military involvement in Vietnam if requested by the South Vietnamese government. As cartoonist Herb Block observed, this constituted a major step in what would be soon come to be referred to as the "escalation" of the war.

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Source | Herb Block, "The Other Ascent into the Unknown," cartoon (Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post, 10 June 1965); from Library of Congress, Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millenium,
Creator | Herb Block
Item Type | Cartoon
Cite This document | Herb Block, “Cartoonist Depicts U.S. Escalation in Vietnam,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 27, 2023,

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