A Short History of America

A Short History of America
"A Short History of America" by R. Crumb

In honor of the 4th of July, I offer this, from the great cartoonist R. Crumb.

Crumb drew "A Short History of America" in 1979. It shows an urban landscape gradually obliterating a single wilderness scene. Later, Crumb added three possible scenarios to the question posed in the final panel: "What Next?". He drew a "Worst Case Scenario - Ecological Disaster", a "fun-future" with technology on the rise, and an "Ecotopia" that has been described as a kind of hippie version of New Urbanism.

According to Denis Kitchen, the cartoon first appeared in Black and White in Co-Evolutionary Quarterly, and was later colored and arranged into a poster that was one of Kitchen Sink Press' best-sellers.

Here's a clip is from Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary, "Crumb".

CityKin posts the original 12 cartoons, plus the three additional ones.

You can purchase a poster at R. Crumb's website.

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  • Crumb is a great artist. But that "history" is pretty deceptive and rote. We have more forest in America now than we did during the Founder's era.

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