Organized labor has consistently produced more
political graphics than any other domestic movement for social change.
Labor posters are often produced in the midst of a strike or boycott and
convey the urgency of the times. Others are commemoratives, marking the
anniversary of a victory or a martyred labor leader. They remind viewers
of a too often hidden history, rally against dangerous conditions in the
workplace, and warn that such injustices still occur. Although many of
the posters are historical, the issues are not. The eight-hour day is
no longer sacrosanct. More and more children are entering the workforce.
Pesticides threaten farm workers and consumers. Sweatshops are proliferating
domestically and internationally. These graphic expressions of international
solidarity are a powerful combination of art and politics, crossing borders
of time and place.
I. Workers of the World Unite
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