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VIETNAM for the VIETNAMESE

Object Number: 
2003.64.50
Date: 
ca. 1968
Medium: 
Metal, paper, plastic
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Circular political pin-back button; dark green background with white lettering; "VIETNAM / for the / VIETNAMESE / S.P.U."
Gallery Label: 
The Student Peace Union (SPU), emerged in 1959 on college campuses across the country. The SPU was more liberal than radical. After the Joseph McCarthy­inspired dissolution of Communist and Socialist organizations on campuses in the 1950s, the SPU became the only option remaining for nascent activists. Unwilling to settle for fewer nuclear weapons, the students desired a wholesale restructuring of American society.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Toni Ellen Heisler
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group