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Shirley Chisholm's Campaign Buttons

"Ms. Chis. for Pres"
So declares this campaign button in support of Shirley Chisholm's efforts to win the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. The congresswoman from Brooklyn, NY, was known as an advocate for the inner city and as a longtime supporter of feminist causes. At the Democratic presidential convention in Miami Beach, FL, she won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race. The nomination eventually went to George McGovern. The slogan on one of Chisholm's campaign button, "Unbought and Unbossed," was the title of the congresswoman's 1970 biography. This and the other five buttons shown here were collected by the Smithsonian after Chisholm's campaign. The Smithsonian Institution first began acquiring political campaign artifacts in the 1870s.

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, born November 30, 1924, Brooklyn, NY
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