Tom Little
"Prescription for Peace"
The Tennessean, August 12, 1960
Tom Little Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
The final caption says "Prescription for Peace." During the 1950s, the Congolese and Belgian authorities proposed varying timetables for the Congo's plan for independence with little resolution. Increasing instability in the country led to elections in May 1960 and the Republic of Congo was established in June 1960. But discontent among the Congolese military led to a Belgian intervention and widespread violence. The United Nations dispatched peacekeeping forces to maintain stability. By the end of September 1960, sixteen new countries, all of them in sub-Saharan Africa, would pledge new membership in the United Nations.