Button, Ronald Reagan, 1980


Ronald Reagan, the 1980 Republican presidential nominee, originated the slogan “Make America Great Again.” He and his running mate George H.W. Bush used the phrase on buttons and posters in their successful campaign against President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale. Democrat Bill Clinton started his 1992 campaign with the pledge to “make America great again” and Donald Trump trademarked the slogan for his successful 2016 Republican campaign.

Date Made: 1980

Associated Person: Reagan, RonaldBush, George, H. W.

See more items in: Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Robert E. Matthews, Jr.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0691.04Accession Number: 1980.0691Catalog Number: 1980.0691.04

Object Name: Button

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-526e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_522618

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