Platemark: 21.4 x 17.5 cm (8 7/16 x 6 7/8 in.); Sheet: 36.6 x 26.9 cm (14 7/16 x 10 9/16 in.)
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1935.140
Hungarian-born Jolán Gross-Bettelheim lived and worked in Cleveland from 1925 to 1956.
This tense political print was made as the Communist Party gained a foothold in America’s cities among the underemployed and working class during the Depression. One of the men holds the Daily Worker, a Communist newspaper, while “Shall Not Die / The Scottsboro Boys” is scratched above the cramped and angry crowd. The words refer to the trial and conviction of nine Black teenagers in Alabama for allegedly raping two white women; their appeals were sponsored by the Communist Party. Jolán Gross-Bettelheim herself was a vocal party member.
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