1968: The Global Revolutions

Under Pressure > Moving Toward Violent Resistance

The expansion of state violence and political betrayals, from the illegal bombing of neutral Cambodia by the U.S. Air Force, to the murder of protesting college students at Jackson State and Kent State, fostered an ever darker and more confrontational mood among activists. Peace signs were replaced by clenched fists, and then armed action, as the early 1970s witnessed the greatest explosion of violent resistance in the nation’s recent history: from fire bombings of draft boards to a bomb planted inside the Pentagon itself.

Peace Sign, middle Finger, clenched Fist, Rifle
Poster, 1969
Robert L Wilbur Protest Literature Collection

Averill, Peg
“Renew Our Common Struggle”, 1975
Robert L Wilbur Protest Literature Collection

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