Unity is the peoples strength
Caricatures of Uncle Sam were incorporated into posters and, as one could imagine, this was not done in a flattering light. Uncle Sam was a symbol par excellence of the US's unwelcome support for the South and for the presence of US advisors in the early Sixties, as in the first work above dated 1962.
The woman wears a checked scarf to identify her as a Southerner- the black outfit marks her as member of the Viet Cong (VC), or 'Vietnamese Communists', the Southern-based 'freedom fighters'. With rifle and child in hand she appears to look on the image of Uncle Sam coolly but without shadenfreude. These images and others in a similar vein still are, for most viewers, as shockingly powerful today as they were almost 50 years ago.
In the works immediately above and below, one can notice the re working of the same depiction of Uncle Sam straddling a wounded figure on hands and knees. In both works the trousers of the wounded mount of Uncle Sam are striped in the red and yellow colours of the flag of the hated Southern regime.
This second work, painted sometime in the late Sixites, incorporates a cross bearing the name of the Province of Ben Tre, referring to a region in the Mekong Delta where the US suffered high casualties. Ben Tre, for the Vietnamese, is also synonymous as a birth place of heroes or heroines during the many wars of struggle for independence.