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In early 2017, our fourth floor will be transformed into a new destination for historical education and innovation. During the current renovation, objects from our permanent collection are on view throughout the Museum.
The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
Oil on canvas
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Black on tan, text: "I AM / A / UNION MAN / WHAT / ABOUT YOU / BUDDY? / AFL-CIO."
According to the donor, this button dates from the 1950s and was worn during the long campaign to merge the two unions. In 1955, an agreement merging the two groups ended a long period of confict between the larger American Federation of Labor, a coalition of traditional craft unions, and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, a smaller, more liberal organization of industrial workers which had struggled to include African-Americans amongst its members.
Gift of Ted and Eileen Rowland
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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