The Southworth Collection

Propaganda posters constitute one of the most poignant documents that remain from the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Civil War began in July 17, 1936, when a group of right-wing officers staged a coup against the constitutional government of the Republic. UCSD’s Southworth Collection of Spanish Civil War posters constitute one of the most poignant documents that remain from this conflict, and provide an essential part of the visual landscape in which individuals living the tragedy of the war went about their daily business of survival. As a result of their ability to conjure up the experiences of the war, the posters are vivid testimonies of the event. The contending ideologies of the 1920s and 1930s all believed that they had the capability to change the world, and that it was their rightful duty to do so. It is this messianic quality of the ideologies that is responsible for the strong and often hopeful hold that these posters and other images of political propaganda still have on our imagination.

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