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This cartoon from 1947 depicts delegates to a meeting of the UN Human Rights Commission as unruly

schoolchildren. Eleanor Roosevelt lectures delegates from various countries about human rights. "Now children," she says, "all together: 'The rights of the individual are above the rights of the state.'" At the lower left, John Foster Dulles, an American delegate, aims a slingshot at the Soviet ambassador to the UN, Andrei Y. Vishinsky, who stands in the lower right corner wearing a dunce cap. Charles Malik of Lebanon offers the teacher an apple. Several delegates seem bored; others are attentive.

1.What does the cartoon suggest about the degree of commitment to human rights in the postwar world?

2.What definition of freedom do the words of Eleanor Roosevelt illustrate?ch23_human_rights.jpg


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