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Catalog Number 2006.044.0063
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description This 1899 calendar, nicely framed, was lately found stored among the old buildings near Electric. Month names are in English, but the wording of the poem is in high German, the language understood by many of the foreign miners. The pictures are a plea for freedom and right, depicting the disgraceful things that have gone before in this country—Civil War, slavery, Spanish trouble and the miner out of work. In the center is shown the desirability of unity in the relations among labor, management, craftsmen and tradesmen. The poem, "To the End of the Year," roughly translated, would read: A bloody, serious year, a year provoked, The run of shells and powder smoked Has now finished and taken flight. "It had to," you can hear the voices shout— "Cuba is free—of handcuffs out; "Therefore, workers, come together—unite!" In this view are Cuba's men, brave in the fight; They do anything, anything against Spain's might. The need of people grew each hour. Now America has the enemy routed, You can still hear the cry as shouted, "We need bread and we need flour." Another picture shows us what disgraceful shame With deep slavery to our country came. Together strikers are killed in assault. When people on their freedom dolt, Against cruel pressure they revolt; Then the order suddenly calls a halt.
The misery pictured in Cuban state Likewise in this country is great; In spite of all freedom we've hypocrisy. In future times let's lift mankind And strive to point and upward bind. Away with all tyranny! Cheerio New Year!
Photographer Bill Whithorn
Title For Freedom and for Right!
Collection Whithorn Collection