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Button

Object Number: 
2003.47.17
Date: 
1968
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 in. ( 3.8 cm )
Description: 
Blue pin-backed campaign button with white flower and words "McCARTHY SUPPORTERS FOR HUMPHREY NOW"
Gallery Label: 
Eugene McCarthy ran for president on a platform promising an end to the war in Vietnam, but when he failed to gain the nomination at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, his anti-war supporters were left without a candidate (both Humphrey and Nixon supported the war effort). Humphrey tried desperately to enlist doves, including former McCarthy supporters, to help him defeat Richard Nixon, but lost in a close race. Many attribute Humphrey's loss to the lack of turnout by McCarthy supporters
Credit Line: 
Gift of Frederick Michel
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group