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Fight or Starve: 1925

Fight or Starve: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Protesters" is all it says on the caption card for this National Photo glass negative showing what seems to be a meeting of the "Communist Party Young Communist League." View full size.

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Some interesting and sympathetic sentiments on those signs (e.g. 7-hour day, fight or starve), an unfortunate error in the main word on the sign with the florid script ("Commuist"), but what, might I ask, is that call to lynching all about?

[I suspect it's more likely a call to END or STOP lynching. - Dave]

Be careful what you wish for!

If it comes to choosing between WORK or WAGES, I'd much rather have the wages, thank you. On the other hand, joking aside, these people, irrespective of their race, express so much hope for a better future that they are truly touching.

A decorative touch

Nice to see that these grim-faced would-be commissars have not neglected to decorate their meeting hall with some festive streamers.

The Times

... they're NOT a-changin'! People seem to be protesting about pretty much the same things today.

Love that "Jughead" hat that the kid's wearing, though!

Waiting for Lefty

Say, aren't those the usual suspects? Somebody convene a Congressional committee.

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