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Agitate! Educate! Organize!: American Labor Posters

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ISBN13: 9780801474279
ISBN10: 0801474272
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"This valuable document collects a century of posters designed by labor organizers, for purposes ranging from workplace safety to equal pay for women. As editors Cushing and Drescher note in their introduction, the dearth of scholarship on U.S. labor posters lead them to make little commentary, content 'to indicate the potential for further investigations.' As such, the power of these designs retains a real sense of impact. Some are confrontational, like a Farm Labor Organizing poster featuring a drawing of a Campbell's soup can with a label reading 'Condemned: Cream of Exploitation.' A 1976 poster designed by Barbara Morgan bears the headline 'Your Job is Killing You,' followed by statistics comparing the number of Americans killed on the job with the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Posters about women workers feature original Rosie the Riveter designs, as well as one stating 'This Dept. Has Gone _____ Days With No Sexual Harassment.' More than 250 images attest to the editors' demand for further study. Even more so, it's simply fascinating viewing that produces a sharp sense of nostalgia for a time when powerful visual art could lead to real change for the victimized." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Cushing, a specialist in Cuban and Chinese poster art, and Drescher, a specialist in San Francisco murals, collect a representative sample of labor posters in the US since the early 20th century. The arrangement is not chronological, but topical, allowing them to comment on the diverse messages and strategies--artistic and political--that artists used to get the message out. Among the themes are dignity and exploitation, health and safety, women, race and civil rights, solidarity and organizing, strikes and boycotts, heroes and martyrs, and culture. The first chapter briefly traces the history of activist graphic media. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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randy shaw, May 19, 2009 (view all comments by randy shaw)
Agitate! Educate! Organize! is as valuable for the roadmap it offers for labor’s future as it is a treasure-trove of labor’s past. I’ve read my share of books of social movement posters, and Agitate! Educate! Organize! is in a class by itself----Randy Shaw, author, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780801474279
Author:
Lincoln Cushing and Timothy W. Drescher
Publisher:
ILR Press
Author:
Cushing, Lincoln
Author:
Drescher, Timothy W.
Subject:
Labor movement
Subject:
Posters
Subject:
Commercial - Advertising
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Posters, American.
Subject:
Labor movement - United States - Posters
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
205
Dimensions:
10.44x8.20x.51 in. 1.65 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This valuable document collects a century of posters designed by labor organizers, for purposes ranging from workplace safety to equal pay for women. As editors Cushing and Drescher note in their introduction, the dearth of scholarship on U.S. labor posters lead them to make little commentary, content 'to indicate the potential for further investigations.' As such, the power of these designs retains a real sense of impact. Some are confrontational, like a Farm Labor Organizing poster featuring a drawing of a Campbell's soup can with a label reading 'Condemned: Cream of Exploitation.' A 1976 poster designed by Barbara Morgan bears the headline 'Your Job is Killing You,' followed by statistics comparing the number of Americans killed on the job with the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Posters about women workers feature original Rosie the Riveter designs, as well as one stating 'This Dept. Has Gone _____ Days With No Sexual Harassment.' More than 250 images attest to the editors' demand for further study. Even more so, it's simply fascinating viewing that produces a sharp sense of nostalgia for a time when powerful visual art could lead to real change for the victimized." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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