I'm a silent american
c. 1966
4 in HIGH
(10.16 cm HIGH)
Gift of the History Guild

"What's Going On? California and the Vietnam Era" Exhibition at the Great Hall, August 28, 2004-February 28, 2005.

A round lapel pin, with "I'm A Silent American" printed in blue letters on the front surrounding an American flag. A tab at the top with the pin part has the words "Bend Here" and two arrows pointing to the spot where the tab and the round part of the pin meet. Appears that the tab was supposed to be bent back behind the round part and then attached to clothing. A union label is visible just behind the metal of the pin.

This button or pin would have been worn during the Vietnam War as a way to show support of the American government's policies in Vietnam and against the anti-war protest that were going on. Until 1968, opinon polls show that the majority of Americans supported the war in Vietnam. Historians often refer to this group as the "Silent Majority."

Used: political protest

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