The Cuban Missile Crisis in Political Cartoons Most American politicians and journalists during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the most serious U.S.-Soviet confrontation, were severely critical of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Herbert Block depicts Khrushchev as an equal of President Kennedy in struggling to contain nuclear war. 1. What messages do the first two cartoons send to the readers? 2. What is Nikita Khrushchev doing in the third cartoon? 3. Considering the climate of the Cold War in 1962, do you think the spirit of the cartoon is overly optimistic? Why or why not? 4. How is the showdown depicted in the fifth cartoon? Who is backing away? Who is the figure standing firm? Do you think this was an honest interpretation of the events? Why or why not? 1. In this cartoon from October 1962, what does the eagle represent? 2. Who is the mouse? 3. What does the bomb represent? 4. What symbol is on the bomb? 5. Why do you think the eagle is represented as a very imposing figure?
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