Four anti-war maps by the War Resisters League

$495

Research by Judy Kowalok & Michael Marsh / Design by Rick Bickhart, ARMS ACROSS AMERICA[:] WAGING THIRD WORLD WAR. New York: War Resisters League, August 1989.  Lithographic map printed in colors on coated stock, chart printed in blue on verso, 34”h x 22”w at sheet edge. Very faint discoloration along edges, else excellent. OCLC 41875007 et al.

[with:] Prepared by Ed Hedemann et al. / Typesetting by the Guardian Typesetters, New York, Nuclear America. New York: War Resisters League, 2nd edition June 1979. Offset lithographic map printed in colors, chart printed in three colors on verso, 17 ¼”h x 22”w at sheet edge. Excellent. OCLC 7693551 et al.

[with:] Research by Ed Hedemann / Design by Rick Bickhart, THE MILITARY INVASION OF AMERICAN SCHOOLS / Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. New York: War Resisters League, March, 1985. Lithographic map printed in colors on coated stock, chart printed in black on verso, 17”h x 22”w at sheet edge. Excellent. OCLC 380936593.

[with:] Research by Marvin Resnikoff / Design by Richard Bickhart / Printed by Faculty Press, Brooklyn, NY, NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX TRANSPORTATION ROUTES. New York: Radioactive Waste Campaign, April 1988. Lithographic map printed in colors on coated stock, 17”h x 22”w at sheet edge. Two tiny tears to lower edge, else excellent. OCLC 36481250.

A suite of four compelling posters highlighting the pervasive character of the American military industrial complex.

Each poster features a brightly-colored thematic map of the United States covered with symbols indicating the locations of facilities with military significance. Particular emphasis is placed on the nation’s nuclear weapons program, with “Nuclear America” locating nuclear facilities and “The Nuclear Weapons Complex Transportation Routes” illustrating the network by which radioactive materials are transported across the country. “Arms Across America” shows the locations of all military facilities around the country, with those related to nuclear weapons highlighted in red. Finally, “The Military Invasion of American Schools” shows the locations of ROTC programs at colleges and high schools. Three of the four posters feature long indices on the verso identifying the name, location and precise function of each facility pinpointed on the recto.

Three of the posters were published by the War Resisters League, based at 339 Lafayette Street, New York City. Founded in 1923 and still active today, the League is “the oldest secular pacifist organization in the United States” (Wikipedia). Over nearly a century, it has resisted American involvement in wars abroad and campaigned domestically for civil rights and against the military-industrial complex. The fourth poster–“The Nuclear Weapons Complex Transportation Routes”—was published by the Radioactive Waste Campaign, also based in New York City but at 625 Broadway. Beyond the obvious congruence of their missions the two organizations likely had some kind of functional and/or social connection, as the posters are all stylistically similar, and the designer of the “Transportation Routes” poster is also credited on two of those issued by the War Resisters League.

References
Each poster has one or more entry in OCLC, but none are in Persuasive Cartography: The PJ Mode Collection or the David Rumsey Collection.

 

Condition

All excellent, with exception of two tiny tears to lower edge of "Transportation Routes" map.