Pinback button

Object Number: 
2002.1.3897
Date: 
1939-1945
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 × 1/8 in. (1.9 × 0.3 cm)
Description: 
A tiny red, white and blue pinback button with a central shield encircled by the words in white "American First". The 'America First Committee', founded in September 1940, was the most powerful isolationist group in America before the United States entered World War II. It had over 800,000 members, who wanted to keep America neutral. It tried to influence public opinion through publications and speeches. America First disagreed with another powerful group, the 'Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies'. They thought it more important to stay out of the war than to assure a British victory. America First's most famous supporter and orator was Charles Lindbergh, who's reputation never recovered from his association with the isolationist group. The committee was dissolved four days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group