Celebrate People's History: Secession of the Plebs
Medium:2 Color Offset Printed Poster
A black, white, and teal poster where there is a procession of people with a hand raised into the sky. There is a tree on the right side and the title "Succession of the Plebs" is at the top. At the bottom in a teal bubble, there is white text that says: “Having returned home in 494 BC after fighting to defend their country, the Plebeians of Rome found the aristocracy had taken their land and sold many of them into debt slavery. They deserted the city and marched to a sacred hill outside of Rome, where they set up a people’s council and elected tribunes to represent them. These actions curbed the arbitrary power of the aristocracy and began the long struggle for equality in Rome.”
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.