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Blacks, Whites Protest Job Losses: 1930 No. 1 | by Washington Area Spark
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Blacks, Whites Protest Job Losses: 1930 No. 1

Over 100 black and white demonstrators linking arms were organized by the local Communist Party to picket the White House March 6, 1930 as part of a nationwide protest against unemployment held in cities across the country.


Thousands of office workers came out to watch and were caught up in the fracas when police using tear gas and blackjacks broke up the demonstration. Eleven men and two women were arrested and about a dozen injured.


Young woman at left of image with head down was previously identified as Edith Briscoe, a leader of the local Young Communist League. This identification was in error. Two images of Briscoe can be seen at this demonstration and


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For film clips of the March 6, 1930 unemployed demonstration in front of the White House, see


For a photo of a 1940 Workers Alliance demonstration, see


Image from National Photo Company Collection donated by Herbert E. French to the Library of Congress in 1947. LOC has mistakenly identified this image as dating from between 1909 and 1923. This image was not part of the original Washington Area Spark collection and has been added to provide historical context. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-F8- 44120 [P&P]

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Taken on March 6, 1930