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GREENHAM WOMEN AGAINST CRUISE [:] CRUISE THREATENS PEACE AND BREAKS THE LAW [:] 9th Nov ’83 take President Reagan to Court in the USA. NP, ND, but England, ca. Oct. 1983.

The Greenham Women protest the deployment of cruise missiles in England

A rare 1983 persuasive map by the English anti-nuclear group Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, highlighting the deployment of American ground-launched cruise missiles around Great Britain. In 1979 the Carter Administration agreed with its NATO allies to deploy several dozen ground-launched cruise missiles to the RAF air bases at Greenham Common and Molesworth, Great Britain, […]

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PRESENT SUFFRAGE STATUS. Richmond, VA: Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, [1914-15?]

Persuasive map issued by the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia

An unrecorded handbill issued by the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia during the nationwide campaign for the 19th Amendment. With a simple-but-effective persuasive map of the status of women’s voting rights across the country, making effective use of color to suggest that states denying women the vote are mired in darkness and ignorance. By 1900 […]

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Greg Moore (cover art) et al., MAY FLOWERS. NP: [May Day Collective, 1971].

With a large map detailing plans to shut down Washington in 1971

An extremely rare tabloid issued in advance of the May 1971 anti-war protests in Washington, whose ultimate objective was to demonstrate the Peace Movement’s ability to shut down the Federal Government. With a large map indicating locations to be targeted in and around the city. “On May 3, 1971, after nearly two weeks of intense […]

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Large map in Antioch Bookplate Co., WASHINGTON NOV[.] DAYS [:] JOIN THE MOBILIZATION NOVEMBER 13-15. Yellow Springs, OH: New Mobilization Committee, [1969.]

With a large and detailed map prepared for the 1969 March on Washington

Extremely rare tabloid issued in advance of the November 1969 March on Washington, with an interesting map. The march was organized by the Vietnam Moratorium Committee and is thought to have been the single largest antiwar protest in American history. Some half million participants descended on the national capital, heard speeches by Eugene McCarthy, George […]

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A newspaper issued jointly by three organizations in advance of the 1970 May Day protests on the campus of Yale. The New Haven May Day protest stemmed from the May 20, 1969 killing there of 19 year-old Alex Rackley by three Black Panthers, acting on the mistaken belief that he was an informer. Following the murder, the FBI moved against the Panthers leadership, arresting Bobby Seale, local Panthers leader Ericka Huggins, and others. The Panthers called on their supporters to converge on New Haven (and Yale) to protest the trail of the “New Haven 9” on May Day, 1970. The event drew radicals of every stripe, both black and white, including a contingent of Weathermen, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, and Allen Ginsberg. Expectations of chaos and violence were sky-high, stoked by the Nixon Administration, the FBI, and wildly inflammatory remarks by some radical leaders. 4000 National Guardsmen and 2000 State Troopers were deployed to the city, with thousands of active-duty military on alert in the surrounding region. Offered here is May Day New Haven, a one-off newspaper published by three activist groups involved in the protest. The paper provides background on the arrest of Bobby Seale and the New Haven 9 trial, a schedule of events, legal advice, First Aid tips, a statement by Huey Newton. It also features a large centerfold map of New Haven, centered on Yale University and the Green, overprinted in red to the locations of phones and First Aid stations, with caricatures of a bulldog, black panther, alligator (or crocodile?) and a pig. The overall tone of the paper is angry but calm, pragmatic and peaceful; indeed, one editorial makes this plea: “In relation to the talk of ripping off our city, perhaps we should consider that many people, with the Panthers, feel that street violence will not free the Panther 9. We should also consider that any subsequent super-repression will be felt first in our streets, and then across our land.” (p. 4) In the event, despite some localized violence and a bombing that caused no serious injuries, “death and destruction passed by New Haven”. (Bass and Rae) A rare artifact of a deeply-troubled time in our national history, one that helps put our hyper-partisan politics into some broader perspective. References OCLC 37462520 lists seven institutional holdings (April 2020). For a fascinating, blow-by-blow account of the events before and during the May Day protest, see Paul Bass and Doug Rae, “The Panther and the Bulldog: The Story of May Day 1970,” in the Yale Alumni Magazine for July/August 2006.

A rare relic of the 1970 New Haven May Day protest

A newspaper issued jointly by three organizations in advance of the 1970 New Haven May Day protests on the Yale campus and the surrounding neighborhoods of the city. The protest stemmed from the May 20, 1969 killing there of 19 year-old Alex Rackley by three Black Panthers, acting on the mistaken belief that he was […]

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The military-industrial complex at UC-Berkeley

A remarkable, appalling and very rare piece of anti-war propaganda, calling attention to UC-Berkeley’s involvement in defense research during the Vietnam War. The broadside features a map of the Berkeley campus, overprinted in color to indicate programs with contracts with the Department of Defense (blue) and the Atomic Energy Commission (red). A long chart at right […]

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1973 Boston Oil Party poster with eagle

Vivid poster announcing the Boston Oil Party of Dec. 16, 1973

A wonderful and extremely rare Fall 1973 political poster exhorting viewers to attend the Boston Oil Party and “impeach big business too.” Issued just as the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon were accelerating. This poster is the rallying promotional for the December 16, 1973 protest known as the Boston Oil Party, which called for both Nixon’s […]

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[Archive of material related to the Washington, DC anti-war protests of late April-early May 1971.] Washington, DC: May Day Collective, The People’s Lobby, et al, 1971

Rare ephemera group from the 1971 May Day protests in Washington, DC

Fascinating group of materials issued to participants in the April-May 1971 anti-war protests in Washington, DC, including a mix of polemical and propaganda pieces, legal and logistical guides, and a number of maps depicting areas to be targerted.. By 1971 domestic opposition to the Nixon Administration’s prosecution of the Vietnam War had grown, becoming both […]

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1969 War Resisters League map of the American nuclear industrial complex

Thematic map of the American nuclear complex by the War Resisters League

A compelling persuasive map by the War Resisters League, highlighting the pervasiveness of the American nuclear complex, emphasizing the close link between civilian and military applications of nuclear energy, and calling for grassroots mobilization. The poster features a thematic map of the United States covered with symbols indicating nuclear facilities, the shape and color of […]

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