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Willkie Second Million Political Busy Beaver Button Museum
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Willkie SECOND MILLION
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Wendell Willkie, a Republican, produced these buttons for even million he raised for his presidential campaign in 1940. He was not liked by the big figures in the Republican party due to his views being in line with his opponent at the time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Willkie supported minimum wage, unemployment insurance, a limit on workers’ hours and did not agree with the isolationist views of the more prominent party members. This sat well with moderate Republicans. He was seen as a “dark horse” due to his popularity was unexpected. He also supported the civil rights movement and was opposed to racism. Willkie believed in bipartisanship for the betterment of the country. He lost the election in 1940; 449 to 82. 

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1940 Electoral College Results. (n.d.). Retrieved July 18, 2020, from https://www.archives.gov/electoral-college/1940

Olson, L. (2018, September 14). Wendell Willkie: The Forgotten Maker of History. The New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2020, from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/books/review/david-levering-lewis-imp...

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