[Press photo] "Vigilantes' handiwork. Sol Nitzberg, Sonoma County, California rancher, in the coating of tar and feather applied by a 'Citizens' Protective Committee,' who accorded the same treatment to another alleged communist, and threatened three others with similar action, unless they quit the county. Credit line (Acme). 8/23/35" Sol Nitzberg.
[Press photo] "Vigilantes' handiwork. Sol Nitzberg, Sonoma County, California rancher, in the coating of tar and feather applied by a 'Citizens' Protective Committee,' who accorded the same treatment to another alleged communist, and threatened three others with similar action, unless they quit the county. Credit line (Acme). 8/23/35"

[Press photo] "Vigilantes' handiwork. Sol Nitzberg, Sonoma County, California rancher, in the coating of tar and feather applied by a 'Citizens' Protective Committee,' who accorded the same treatment to another alleged communist, and threatened three others with similar action, unless they quit the county. Credit line (Acme). 8/23/35"

n.p. Acme News Photos, 1935. 6x8 inch photograph, a bit faint; caption pasted to back, reference department rubberstamp.

Nitzberg, a Jewish Communist organizer, was tarred and feathered as a warning to others perceived as threatening the agricultural industry. While some in the crowd sought to lynch him, he was instead delivered to the county line. He returned to his work but carried a gun thereafter. Jack Withington has discussed this incident in an article published by the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, "A Night of Tar, Feathers and Terror."

Cat.No: 254625

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