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Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?
Maker: Frank Rowe
Date Made: 1980
Place Made: United States: California, Berkeley
Measurements: 49.53 cm x 38.1 cm; 19 1/2 in x 15 in
Main Subject: Socialism & Communism; Civil Liberties
Materials: paper (fiber product)
"Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?" A Symposium On McCarthyism - Finnish Hall - 1819 10th St. Berkeley - Sat Oct 18th, 9 to 5 Sun Oct 19th, 10 to 5 - Sponsored By Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Acquisition Number: 1996-094
The "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" poster is c. 1980, but has several versions. The original drawing of Joseph McCarthy was done in 1950 during the fight against the unconstitutional loyalty oath, required of public employees, that cost Frank his art teaching position at San Francisco State College (now University) & saw him blacklisted from teaching for nearly 20 years until the Oath was overruled. He refused to sign on principle, defending the Bill of Rights, just as he had during WWII as a D-Day participant fighting fascism. The history of the oath & his fight to overturn it is contained in his 1980 book 'The Enemy Among Us - a Story of Witch-hunting in the McCarthy Era", forward by Carey McWilliams. He used his original drawing when making this later poster version... an edition with only the artwork & added text "Are You Now...", but also a version that was used as poster for the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute's Symposium on McCarthyism at Finnish Hall in Berkeley on Oct.18th & 19th, 1980. He made a number of copies that were sold for $10 or given away at that conference. There are more copies of that poster still around than most of his other work.
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Drawing of Joe McCarthy originally done in 1950 during the fight against the unconstitutional loyalty oath, required of public employees. The artist Frank Rowe lost his art teaching position at San Francisco State College (now University) after refusing to sign the loyalty oath. He was blacklisted from teaching for nearly 20 years until the Oath was overruled.