The Fist is Still Raised

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Fists evident in the WPA/FAP archives are not only connotative of holding tools and showing labor power in a strike, but also conjure the fist of justice held up but the Statue of Liberty – certainly not an oppositional image.

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During World War I, state-sponsored images of raised, clenched fists appear in posters promoting the purchase of war, or “liberty” bonds. Printed in the decade after the socialist use, this poster insinuates that the visual power of a raised,…
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