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Photo, Print, Drawing "Tote dat barge! Lift dat boycott! Ride dat bus!" / Herblock.

[ digital file from b&w film copy neg. ]

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About this Item

Title

  • "Tote dat barge! Lift dat boycott! Ride dat bus!" / Herblock.

Summary

  • Editorial cartoon showing an angry white man at a bus stop in Montgomery, Alabama, exhorting an African American man to ride the bus during the boycott of buses by African Americans.

Names

  • Block, Herbert, 1909-2001, artist

Created / Published

  • 1956 March 25, c1956.

Headings

  • -  African Americans--Civil rights--1950-1960
  • -  Boycotts--Alabama--Montgomery--1950-1960
  • -  Segregation in transportation--Alabama--Montgomery--1950-1960
  • -  Race relations--Alabama--Montgomery--1950-1960
  • -  Bus stops--Alabama--Montgomery--1950-1960

Headings

  • Editorial cartoons--1950-1960.
  • Ink drawings--1950-1960.

Genre

  • Editorial cartoons--1950-1960
  • Ink drawings--1950-1960

Notes

  • -  Caption label from exhibit "Herblock's History Fruits of Victory": Segregated public transportation was still the order of the day in Southern cities in the mid 1950s. In December 1955, blacks began boycotting the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama after forty-two-year-old Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat. The action was an immediate success, with 90 percent of the African Americans finding alternative sources of transportation. The boycott continued into 1956, despite harassment, physical abuse and jailing of blacks, including the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Finally, on November 13, 1956, the Supreme Court declared segregated seating on buses unconstitutional, and the boycott was lifted in December 1956. Herb Block's title refers to lyrics from the Showboat song Ol' Man River: "Tote dat barge. Lif' dat bale."
  • -  Published in the Washington Post, March 25, 1956.
  • -  Copyright 1956 by The Washington Post Co.; renewed by Herblock.
  • -  Forms part of: Herbert L. Block Collection (Library of Congress).
  • -  Exhibited in: "Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium" at the Library of Congress, 2000-2001. (39)

Medium

  • 1 drawing on layered paper : ink, graphite, and opaque white over graphite underdrawing ; 57.9 x 36.8 cm (sheet)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • BLOCK, no. 14333 (C size) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Block, Herbert, 1909-2001. Herbert L. Block collection (Library of Congress)

Repository

Digital Id

  • cph 3c26901 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c26901

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00652205

Reproduction Number

  • LC-USZ62-126901 (b&w film copy neg.)

Rights Advisory

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  • image

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  • Rights Advisory: Publication may be restricted. For information see "Herbert Block ("Herblock") Rights and Restrictions," https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/271_herb.html
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-126901 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Call Number: BLOCK, no. 14333 (C size) [P&P]
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Chicago citation style:

Block, Herbert, Artist. "Tote dat barge! Lift dat boycott! Ride dat bus!" / Herblock. Alabama Montgomery, ca. 1956. 1956 March 25. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/00652205/.

APA citation style:

Block, H. (ca. 1956) "Tote dat barge! Lift dat boycott! Ride dat bus!" / Herblock. Alabama Montgomery, ca. 1956. 1956 March 25. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00652205/.

MLA citation style:

Block, Herbert, Artist. "Tote dat barge! Lift dat boycott! Ride dat bus!" / Herblock. 1956 March 25. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00652205/>.