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Anti-Roosevelt 1940 Presidential Campaign button

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    Brief Narrative
    Anti-Roosevelt campaign button for the 1940 Presidential Election. Several variations of this button were manufactured with different text size and font styles. Campaign buttons were used to build awareness, and encourage positive word of mouth for the candidates. In the 1940 Presidential election incumbent president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was running against Republican challenger, Wendell Willkie. FDR was running for an unprecedented third term, which was a major factor the Republicans pressed during the campaign. Willkie also challenged FDR’s New Deal policies and his approach to the ongoing World War. After Willkie was defeated by FDR, he became an ally of the President. Willkie called for greater national support for the Lend-Lease Act, embarked on a new campaign to awaken America from its isolationist slumber and urged unlimited aid to Britain in its struggle against Nazi Germany.
    manufacture:  approximately 1940
    distribution: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Forrest James Robinson, Jr.
    front, around edge, printed, white ink : THE CONSTITUTIONALISTS
    front, center, printed, red ink : NO THIRD TERM
    front, around edge margin, printed, white ink : [obscured] PEU
    back, around edge, printed, white ink : BASTIAN BROS CO ROCHESTER NY
    Manufacturer: Bastian Bros. Co.

    Physical Details

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    Physical Description
    Circular, blue-and-white-colored, metal pin back button. The front has a convex surface with a circular white center, overlaid red text, and a blue outer ring with white text and a white star. Small, white logos wrap around the rounded outer edge. The back is silver colored, concave and has a vertical, thin, metal pin with a pointed bottom end.
    overall: Height: 1.125 inches (2.858 cm) | Width: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm) | Diameter: 0.750 inches (1.905 cm)
    overall : metal, ink

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    Geographic Name
    United States.

    Administrative Notes

    The political button was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017 by Forrest Robinson Jr.
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