Cat.No: 289570 It was V-J Day... [handbill from the Davis re-election campaign]. Benjamin J. Davis.
It was V-J Day... [handbill from the Davis re-election campaign]

It was V-J Day... [handbill from the Davis re-election campaign]

New York: Trade Union Committee for the Reelection of Benjamin Davis Jr. to the City Council, [1945]. Handbill. 8.5x11 inch handbill printed both sides; newsprint toned, corner crease. Brief pencil notation at bottom mentions that it was received in August 1945.

Describes the joy felt at the end of the war, followed by concern that Black workers and women would be the first to lose their jobs as servicemen returned from overseas. Davis promises to fight for jobs on behalf of the people of Harlem. In 1943, Davis, a Black lawyer radicalized by the case of Angelo Herndon, had been elected to fill the city council seat vacated by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. This 1945 reelection campaign was successful. In 1948, however, he was charged under the Smith Act for his Communist Party activities, and he lost his reelection bid in the following year.

Cat.No: 289570

Price: $85.00