By government decree, every member of the commune is entitled to a private lot

| | China History Images, China Photo Gallery: Images and pictures of China

China Underground > China History Images > By government decree, every member of the commune is entitled to a private lot
  • 9
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  

The cartoon shows Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong standing behind a microphone under a flag showing the hammer and sickle, reading a proclamation to a crowd of beaten-down Chinese peasants, who stand behind a row of open graves.

The coffins lying next to the graves are labeled “Victims of Hunger in Red China.” In 1961, after a period of disastrous weather, Communist China experienced severe agricultural famine. The government was forced to change its policies, relaxing centralized controls of the agricultural communes and even giving the farmers the right to farm their own plots. Edmund Valtman suggests that the only plots that many Chinese will receive will be their own graves.

By-government-decree-every-member-of-the-commune-is-entitled-to-a-private-lot
By government decree, every member of the commune is entitled to a private lot

Edmund Siegfried Valtman (May 31, 1914 – January 12, 2005) was an Estonian and American cartoonist. He won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Valtman worked for The Hartford Times from 1951 until his 1975 retirement. He was noted for his caricatures of Cold War-era communist leaders

Related articles: An episode of Cannibalism during the Great Leap Forward, The Henan famine of 1942, The Photographic Work of Arthur Rothstein in China: Signal Corps, the Great Famine, the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

Source: Library of Congress

Subscribe to China Underground and get the free magazine 'Planet China'

* indicates required

View previous campaigns.

By clicking Sign Up, you agree to our terms and conditions.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Operation Fox Hunt: the US charges 8 in Plot to harass Chinese dissidents

Next

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.