John L. Lewis' Union Badge

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subject
Labor Unions
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
referenced
United Mine Workers of America
associated person
Lewis, John L.
maker
United Mine Workers of America
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9.5 cm x 5 cm; 3 3/4 in x 1 15/16 in
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Political History: Political History, Reform Movements Collection
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
National Treasures exhibit
Government, Politics, and Reform
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Description
John L. Lewis, one of America's foremost labor leaders, wore this badge at the 1936 United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) convention. It is a metal gold-colored pin with "President" printed in blue. A red, white, and blue ribbon attaches badge to pin. The badge features a gold-colored relief of the U.S. Capitol Building with an eagle perched on a shield. “UMW ORG 1890” is printed in blue at the bottom.
Born in an Iowa coal-mining camp, Lewis went to work in the mines as a teenager. He rose quickly as a labor leader, becoming president of the UMWA in 1920, and later helped found the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Lewis led a successful struggle to organize industrial workers, improving wages, safety, and benefits.
associated place
United States: District of Columbia
associated date
1936
Object Name
badge
ID Number
1989.0693.3777
catalog number
1989.0693.3777
accession number
1989.0693
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures