You Can't Jail the Revolution

ID Number: 39002
Maker: Artist Unknown
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: 1968
Place Made: United States: Illinois, Chicago
Measurements: 51.5 cm x 43.5 cm; 20 1/4 in x 17 1/8 in
Main Subject: Vietnam War Era; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
You Can't Jail the Revolu-tion [Revolution] Stop the Trial Free the Chicago 8


Acquisition Number: 1995-056
Production Notes: red and blue version has different text than red version. All red says "Free the Conspiracy 8"; Red and Blud version says, "Free the Chicago 8". Same image in both

Copyright Status:
Public domain.


Exhibition Annotation:
From August 25 to 30, 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago during a week of violence which the blue-ribbon Walker Report later labeled a “police riot.” In the aftermath of the Chicago violence, the U.S. Department of Justice lodged conspiracy charges against Rennie Davis, Dave Dellinger, John Froines, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, and Lee Walker. These anti-war leaders became the Chicago Eight, later the Chicago Seven, as Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party was bound, gagged, and railroaded separately to four years in prison for contempt of court. Defendants effectively used the Chicago Conspiracy Trial to mock the justice system and advocate anti-war and counter-cultural positions. In 1970, the Chicago Seven were convicted on various charges and sentenced for contempt. The convictions were eventually reversed on appeal. The bowed head and raised fist in the poster refer to the protests at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, when Olympian medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black gloved fists and bowed their heads when the Star Spangled Banner was played to protest the Viet Nam War and racism at home. A similar protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took place in August 2016, when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest police violence.



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