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Life of the People: Realist Prints and Drawings, 1912-1948

presents American prints and drawings relating the condition of working people, American labor and industry, and the experience and achievements of minority groups. The exhibit features African American artists and Mexican muralists, and is particularly rich in images from the 1930s, when the turmoil and uncertainty of the Depression led increasing numbers of artists to turn toward socially relevant subject matter. (Library of Congress)

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'54 Hour Week / Low Wages,' ca. 1930s. Fred Ellis, 1885-1965. Crayon, ink, pencil and opaque white. Published in the 'Daily Worker.' LC-USZC4-6598 © Robert Ellis.

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