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David Douglas Duncan


Self-Portrait: U.S.A.
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A young black man asleep on a hospital bed, a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. hangs over his head.

At the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, 32 miles north of the Chicago Amphitheater, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, lies either asleep or under new sedation, totally paralyzed below his neck and shoulders. Not one delegate or candidate, Republican or Democrat, paid a visit to the hospital. August 1968.

Title derived from Self-Portrait: U.S.A., p. 172, 184.