Anti-Import Protest Button

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the declining U.S. steel industry sought increased tariffs to protect American steel from foreign imports. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan refused to impose new trade barriers. In 2001, Bethlehem Steel, the country’s second largest steel producer went bankrupt. The curator picked up this button from the floor of the shuttered plant.
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Physical Description
metal (overall material)
white (overall color)
red (overall color)
blue (overall color)
overall: 1/8 in x 1 15/16 in; .3175 cm x 4.92125 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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