Liberal Satire's Last Laughs

in Revel with a Cause

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226431642
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226431659 | DOI:
Liberal Satire's Last Laughs

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The 1964 campaign season would prove to be postwar liberal satire's Indian summer. Throughout the early 1960s, liberal satirists of all stripes had assailed the prominence of aggressive cold warriors in America's foreign policy apparatus, the recalcitrance of Southern white segregationists, and the rise of the conservative grassroots organizations such as the Young Americans for Freedom and the John Birch Society. With the ascension of conservative Arizona senator Barry Goldwater to the front ranks of the Republican Party, liberal satirists now concentrated their focus on one large and, admittedly, rather easy target. Liberal cartoonists focused most of their efforts addressing what they believed was Goldwater's trigger-happy nuclear policy. The 1964 campaign season witnessed not only a flurry of cartoons but the release of numerous satirical folk songs poking fun at Barry Goldwater and his grassroots supporters.

Keywords: liberal satire; political satire; Barry Goldwater; cartoonists; cartoons; nuclear policy; 1964 campaign season

Chapter.  8669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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