Celebrate People's History: Battle of Homestead

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.8
Artist:
Erok Boerer
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
November 2002
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 16.5" Width: 9.75"
Description:
An image in a reddish brown, blue and white of a factory from across water. At the top it reads "Battle of Homestead". There are three men, two looking across the water and one sitting at the right. At the bottom of the image is white text that reads, “There was a war between laboring men because these pinker tons were there under pay & the person who employed that force was safely place away by the money that he was wrung from the sweat of the men employed in that mill, employing in their stead workmen to kill the men who made his money.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.

Library of Congress Subjects:
History
Social movements
Anarchism