John L. Lewis' Union Badge

Description
John L. Lewis, one of America's foremost labor leaders, wore this badge at the 1936 United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) convention. It is a metal gold-colored pin with "President" printed in blue. A red, white, and blue ribbon attaches badge to pin. The badge features a gold-colored relief of the U.S. Capitol Building with an eagle perched on a shield. “UMW ORG 1890” is printed in blue at the bottom.
Born in an Iowa coal-mining camp, Lewis went to work in the mines as a teenager. He rose quickly as a labor leader, becoming president of the UMWA in 1920, and later helped found the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Lewis led a successful struggle to organize industrial workers, improving wages, safety, and benefits.
Object Name
badge
associated date
1936
referenced
United Mine Workers of America
associated person
Lewis, John L.
maker
United Mine Workers of America
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9.5 cm x 5 cm; 3 3/4 in x 1 15/16 in
associated place
United States: District of Columbia
ID Number
1989.0693.3777
catalog number
1989.0693.3777
accession number
1989.0693
subject
Government, Politics, and Reform
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
National Treasures exhibit
Labor Unions
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Reform Movements Collection
National Treasures exhibit
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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