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War at Home & Abroad

Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, a number of significant events and shifting cultural attitudes prompted young people to get involved in social movements and participate in political protests. The pages that follow explore these flashpoint issues, such as the Vietnam War, instances of police brutality, as well as White Power and Black Power protests. Some of the items above capture these moments; for instance, newspaper clippings from Bowling Green State University encapsulate the organized chaos that defined this time period [Figure 1, Figure 4]. The Black Panther newspaper clippings [Figure 3] highlight poverty and discrimination facing African Americans, while the political cartoons reflect common attitudes toward student movements and counterculture protesters [Figures 5, Figure 6, Figure 7]. While these images are representations of some of the events and perceptions of the time period, the complexity of these movements reaches far beyond what can be represented in this exhibit.