Button, March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom

Button, March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom

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Description
Button "March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom August 28, 1963"around a design of black and white hands shaking. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty (1963–68) had a major impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the workforce. Increasingly many individuals found fewer racial barriers to higher-paying manufacturing and white-collar jobs. Rather than falling victim to laboring in apparel sweatshops, some workers turned to alternatives in the service industries or even public assistance.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Button
associated date
1963 08 28
associated place
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
United States: District of Columbia, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial
Physical Description
black, white (overall color)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in; x 8.89 cm
ID Number
PL.250459.02
catalog number
250459.02
accession number
250459
Credit Line
Virginia Beets
subject
African American History
Civil Rights Movement
History, Reform Movements, Black, Civil Rights
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
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Political and Military History: Political History, Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Sweatshops
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

My father (R.I.P.) drove from Chicago to attend this march. I recently found this button in his belongings.

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