Item #2873 Living Costs Are Sky-Rocketing, Employers Refuses Negroes Jobs, Wall St. Plans to Capture Elections, Fascist War-Dogs Destroy Peace. How Can We Stop Them? These Are Some of the Burning Questions That Will Be Answered by James W. Ford...[caption title]. African Americana, James W. Ford.

Living Costs Are Sky-Rocketing, Employers Refuses Negroes Jobs, Wall St. Plans to Capture Elections, Fascist War-Dogs Destroy Peace. How Can We Stop Them? These Are Some of the Burning Questions That Will Be Answered by James W. Ford...[caption title]

[Buffalo: 1937]. Photo-illustrated broadside, approximately 12 x 9 inches. Tanned, darker around the edges, with minor creasing. Small manuscript note at bottom, reading "Buffalo, 1937." Very good. Item #2873

A striking and seemingly unrecorded broadside advertising a speech by James W. Ford, the "Outstanding Negro Leader - twice Vice Presidential candidate of the Communist Party - Just returned from Spain and Ethiopia." Ford's quarter-length portrait adorns the top left of the broadside. The broadside was published by the John Brown Branch of the Communist Party, and printed in Buffalo, evidenced by the Buffalo Allied Printing Trades Council seal at the bottom center. Ford's speech took place at Kaisers Hall on October 26, 1937. By the time of this speech, Ford had indeed run twice as the Communist Party's candidate for vice president, and he would do so again in 1940.

James W. Ford (1893-1957) was born in Alabama and graduated from Fisk University in Nashville. He served in France during the First World War, afterwards settling in Chicago where he became a union leader and a notable member of the Communist Party. Ford rose quickly through the labor and Communist ranks, becoming a section organizer in Harlem in 1933. While there, Ford helped found the National Negro Congress, assisted in numerous local political campaigns, provided for the defense of the Scottsboro Boys in the state of his birth, and helped organize protests against employment and housing discrimination, all while continuing to work as a champion of organized labor and the Communist Party. No copies in OCLC.

Price: $750.00