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Pennants, Pins, Paintings & Posters: Artifacts of Political Protest

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults, Primary (5 to 8 years old)
A mixed bag of artifacts of political and social protest movements in United States history. This collection can serve as a source of inspiration for students creating their own protest posters around a cause they believe in. The collection begins with a video by KQED Art School describing the characteristics of political art and a formula for making it.

Unidentified Men

National Portrait Gallery

button, Sign 504, Handicapped Human Rights, ACCD

National Museum of American History

Poster, United Farm Workers

National Museum of American History

Protest sign calling for reparations for the Tulsa Riot

National Museum of African American History and Culture

"Tierra o Muerte"

National Museum of American History

Lyndon B. Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Lowndes County, Alabama (Vote Nov. 8th sign)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Richard Nixon

National Portrait Gallery

Barry Goldwater

National Portrait Gallery

Placard reading "Sanction South Africa Now!"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Placard from March on Washington "WE DEMAND AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY NOW"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Placard with "STOP RACISM NOW" message

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Alice Paul’s “Silent Sentinel” Pin

National Museum of American History

button, Disability Pin-Barrier Awareness

National Museum of American History

Political Support Pin

National Museum of American History

Votes for Women Pin

National Museum of American History

1979 Tractorcade, Protest Pin

National Museum of American History

Give Carter Away, Political Pin

National Museum of American History

Pin-back button reading Teach the Children the Truth

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Boycott Lettuce Protest Button

National Museum of American History

March on Washington Handbill

National Museum of American History

Pin-back button for N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund anti-lynching campaign

National Museum of African American History and Culture

PG&E Conserve Energy Button

National Museum of American History

"Freedom to Breathe" Environmental Poster

National Museum of American History

"Safe Energy" Button

National Museum of American History

"Stop Ocean Dumping" Button

National Museum of American History

Digital print of a man protesting a Chicago Freedom Movement march

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A digital print of sign protesting a Chicago Freedom Movement march

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Anti-ERA Button, 1972-1982

National Museum of American History

Seize The Time

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pro-ERA Button, 1972-1982

National Museum of American History

Corita Kent postcard to Ben Shahn

Archives of American Art

Woman Suffrage Button

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Badge, 1915

National Museum of American History

Joe Hill

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Justicia

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Draftees of the World, Unite!

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Barack Obama

National Portrait Gallery