Norman Rockwell: New Kids in the Neighborhood

Norman Rockwell left his iconic position as an illustrator at the Saturday Evening Post in 1963 after forty-seven years because the magazine refused to publish his more socially engaged work. This painting was reproduced in a Look magazine article on integration in the suburbs. Rockwell's decision to use children was deliberate, since they suggest innocence, and the baseball gloves allude to the great American pastime, a heritage shared by the children despite their racial differences.