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Support: LANA PUR FIL cream wove paper
Sheet: 48.6 x 38 cm (19 1/8 x 14 15/16 in.); Image: 30.3 x 23 cm (11 15/16 x 9 1/16 in.)
Gift of Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro 1998.11.5
© VAGA, New York, NY
This scathing scene of a mute mob lynching of an African American man speaks to the violence against African Americans that increased during the 1930s as the economy worsened, ending a decade-long period of steadily improving race relations. In 1933 alone, 28 lynchings occurred, yet in 1935 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to support anti-lynching legislation.
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