Celebrate People's History: Louise Olivereau

Aprille Thurheimer
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
April 2005
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A red, black, and white poster of Louise Olivereau where there is a judge on the left pointing down at the right. There is text that starts on the right and then continues on the sleeve from the left side of the judge that says, “One of many arrested during World War I for speaking their mind—her heinous crime was merely mailing out a few thousand anti-draft leaflets” and “She was charged with sedition and served 28 months of a 10 year sentence”. The bottom of the image there are a line of men walking behind barbed wire.
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.