The nation is gearing up for election season. From the papers of American author Barrie Stavis (1906-2007) comes this lithograph poster designed by American artist Ben Shahn (1898-1969) in support of Senator Eugene McCarthy’s (1916-2005) 1968 bid for the Democratic party’s nomination for the presidency. McCarthy’s central issue was a swift resolution to the Vietnam War and the withdrawal of American troops; this platform particularly appealed to the American youth disillusioned by the country’s involvement in an unpopular war.
Barrie Stavis’s cousin Dr. Benedict (Ben) Stavis was active in the McCarthy campaign and wrote a book documenting his experiences titled We Were the Campaign: New Hampshire to Chicago for McCarthy (1969). The Barrie Stavis papers also includes a manuscript of We Were the Campaign.
Shahn was an artist best known for his works of social realism. His works are held in museums around the world, including the Tate Gallery in London, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.