Button, Wendell Willkie, 1940

Button, Wendell Willkie, 1940

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Republican candidate Wendell Willkie looked for many ways to challenge his Democratic opponent President Franklin D. Roosevelt who ran for an unprecedented third term in 1940. This button lampooned the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the largest of the New Deal agencies Roosevelt had put in place in response to the Great Depression. Negative slogans like this one did not help Willkie defeat the incumbent; FDR easily won re-election.
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overall: 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm
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Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History
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