Sitting Bull, Custer Battlefield Poster
- Poster in metal frame
- 20 X 28 inches
This print by artist Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) Sitting Bull, Custer Battlefield was distributed by the National Park Service's U.S. Department of Interior in 1979 as a poster for the National Monument in Montana. It memorializes Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota people, a political and spiritual leader who had a vision of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This was seen as a foreshadowing of victory by his people and was played out in the conflict with a heavy loss of 7th cavalry soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer.
During World War I, many branches of the federal government used posters to urge Americans to support the war effort. In a time without radio, TV, or the Internet, posters were an inexpensive way to deliver powerful messages to millions of people. The government hired well-known artists to create designs that unified the American people. Posters continued to be published during World War II, and new posters are still in production. The National Archives holds close to 20,000 posters produced by military and civilian agencies.