Support Resolution 568

Poster
ca. 1980 (made)
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Angela Davis (born 1944), a radical feminist and political activist, ran for Vice President on the Communist ticket in 1980 and 1984 with Presidential candidate Gus Hall (1910-2000). Davis was a member of the Communist Party and an associate of the Black Panthers. She worked as a philosophy lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles before being fired in 1969 because of her communist membership.
Davis became the third woman on the FBI's Most Wanted List in 1970. She was charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, and homicide, due to allegedly participating in an escape attempt from Marin County Hall of Justice. She evaded the police for two weeks before being captured, tried, and eventually acquitted of all charges. It was during this time that Davis rose to prominence in America, sparking a widespread "Free Angela Davis" campaign.
Hall was a labuor organiser and a founder of the trade union United Steelworkers of America. He was also a leader of the Communist Party USA. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Hall worked to build the Communist Party among the "baby boomer" generation of activists involved in the peace, civil rights and trade union movements. In total, Hall ran for president four times on the Communist ticket.


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Materials and Techniques
Offset lithograph
Brief Description
"Support Resolution 568" Gus Hall & Angela Davis Communist Party Candidates' poster. USA, ca. 1980.
Physical Description
Black and white offset lithograph in the style of an airbrush and stencil image: missiles over the New York skyline.
Dimensions
  • Height: 88.7cm
  • Width: 58.6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Support Resolution 568/ Keep New York Nuclear - Free/ N.Y. HARBOR -/ NUCLEAR FREE!/ JOBS-/ NOT MISSILES!
  • H.H.A.P.A. (initials along right vertical margin)
  • VOTE GUS HALL & ANGELA DAVIS COMMUNIST PARTY CANDIDATES N.Y. State's Hall-Davis Campaign committe 235 W. 23 Street New York City 10011
Credit line
Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko
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Summary
Angela Davis (born 1944), a radical feminist and political activist, ran for Vice President on the Communist ticket in 1980 and 1984 with Presidential candidate Gus Hall (1910-2000). Davis was a member of the Communist Party and an associate of the Black Panthers. She worked as a philosophy lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles before being fired in 1969 because of her communist membership.

Davis became the third woman on the FBI's Most Wanted List in 1970. She was charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, and homicide, due to allegedly participating in an escape attempt from Marin County Hall of Justice. She evaded the police for two weeks before being captured, tried, and eventually acquitted of all charges. It was during this time that Davis rose to prominence in America, sparking a widespread "Free Angela Davis" campaign.

Hall was a labuor organiser and a founder of the trade union United Steelworkers of America. He was also a leader of the Communist Party USA. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Hall worked to build the Communist Party among the "baby boomer" generation of activists involved in the peace, civil rights and trade union movements. In total, Hall ran for president four times on the Communist ticket.
Collection
Accession Number
E.120-2004

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