In my English class, we are reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Literally, it is a play about the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692-1693, but it is also an allegory of the Second Red Scare in America during the late 1940s and early 1950s. My inspiration comes from both points, but of course, the 1950s red scare is the main point of this piece.
A little more about the red scare:
During the time period right after World War Two, the United States grew very suspicious of the Soviet Union and it's brand of government, communism. This was the time period where the Soviet Union gathered its included nations and puppet governments under the Warsaw Pact, while the United States formed an organization for it and its allies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. With different and often conflicting ways of ruling, and with rumors of Soviet atrocities making their way into the gossip of American life, the United States and the Soviet Union grew to see each other as complete enemies. The two countries seemed to be complete opposites of ideal.
Basically, the result of this conflict was extreme American suspicion and paranoia of the Soviet Union and communism. Specifically, during the Second Red Scare (the first one was a couple years after the Soviet Union was founded, I believe) many Americans grew to believe that communist sympathizes and spies had infiltrated the government, and accusations ran rife and, for a while, fear seemed to grip the very heart of the United States.
One of the most prominent figures that arises from the red scare is Joseph McCarthy, who was an American senator from Wisconsin who spearheaded many of the accusations against communism and caused much confusion and conflict in the government. Anyone that had any ties to communism could be condemned.
Of course, since all this information is coming from my own memory, I only have general info; if you spot any factual discrepancies in this comment, feel free to tell me
So yeah, just a picture of America being suspicious during the red scare. Confused, bewildered, maybe...possibly annoyed and angry. It's an interesting endeavor to try to give him a 50s hairstyle and to have it not look really weird while still maintaining his signature cowlick.
Doodled mostly during school today with a mechanical pencil, then edited a bit in Photoshop