Button, Wendell Willkie, 1940

Button, Wendell Willkie, 1940

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Hundreds of buttons were produced to help Republican candidate Wendell Willkie challenge his Democratic opponent President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. This button attacked FDR for his second term increase in deficit spending caused by the federal public works programs he created in response to Depression-era unemployment. Negative slogans like this one did not help Willkie defeat the incumbent; FDR easily won re-election.
Object Name
button
date made
1940
Measurements
overall: 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm
ID Number
2015.0200.137
catalog number
2015.0200.137
accession number
2015.0200
subject
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
Exhibition
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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