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Teach History From Below


“History From Below” is a corrective lens with which to look back for lessons for the present day: where “from below” means all the rest of us, the 99% if you will, who toil below the minority ruling class. This is a historiography which runs counter to the “Great Men” narrative – that exclusive, dominant history written by oppressors, victors of war, colonialists, industrialists, racists, urban developers and re-developers.

History From Below is people’s history, labor history, social history, folk history.
Learn it, teach it, share it, feel it and live by it!

This is a new, Risograph-printed edition of design I created in 2014 for the Justseeds education-themed portfolio, Liberating Learning. All three original color layers were created by hand using a combination of cut paper, cut Rubylith, and opaque marker on transparent film. This edition was printed by Justseeds member Mary Tremonte on her new EZ390 Risograph machine.

As a result of mechanical limitations and my own learning curve printing on this machine for the first time,
the color registration will vary with each print!

In December 2014, I painted a giant 4’x8′ version of this image as part of the ongoing Sidewall mural project in Pittsburgh.

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