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"Strike Today for: Reinstatement of 21 Expelled Students - Ousting of Pres. Robinson"

This flier, from November 20, 1934, advertises a demonstration calling for the reinstatement of twenty-one expelled City College (CCNY) students as well as the removal of college president, Frederick B. Robinson. The twenty-one were expelled following an anti-fascist rally on October 9th.

Commencing at 11am and lasting approximately two hours, upwards of 1,500 students participated in the demonstration with three students reported to have been arrested during a clash with police attempting to move the event off campus grounds.

Following squabbles with police and organized speeches, the strike's main (and concluding) event was the burning of a two-headed effigy of CCNY President Robinson and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini. Robinson is depicted in his academic regalia grasping the umbrella with which he struck students at a rally in the prior year.
Source | CCNY Archives & Special Collections
Creators | City College Strike Committee; National Student League; Student League for Industrial Democracy
Date Created | November 20, 1934
Rights | Obtain From CCNY Archives & Special Collections
Item Type | Text (Flier / Leaflet (1 or 2 page handout))
Cite This document | City College Strike Committee, National Student League, and Student League for Industrial Democracy, “"Strike Today for: Reinstatement of 21 Expelled Students - Ousting of Pres. Robinson",” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed June 25, 2021,

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