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Herblock's History

features 150 cartoons by Herb Block, the editorial cartoonist who chronicled our political history for The Washington Post from 1929 through 2000. Cartoons are organized chronologically and accompanied by explanations of events that inspired them. Topics include the Depression, fascism in Europe, Nazi aggression, the nuclear arms race, 12 presidents (from Hoover to Clinton), and more. The cartoon in which Block coined the phrase "McCarthyism" is included. (Library of Congress)

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Born in Chicago on October 13, 1909, Herbert Block grew up in a family where art, history, and politics really mattered. His father, an accomplished chemist, also had a talent for writing and cartooning, contributing to turn-of-the-twentieth-century humor magazines.
'Faster,' April 17, 1941. Ink, crayon, and opaque white over graphite underdrawing on layered paper Published by NEA Service, Inc. (14) LC-USZ62-127212

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