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Social Activism


The Museum’s collections document social activism in New York City, and range from political cartoons and photographs to buttons and other forms of ephemera. These objects illustrate themes such as labor, political rights, civil liberties, immigration, women’s rights, AIDS activism, and environmental advocacy. Particular strengths include material related to the woman suffrage movement leading to the right to vote in New York in 1917 and the opposition to Prohibition in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and photographs of New Yorkers who clashed over the Vietnam War in the 1960s and of community activism in the South Bronx in the 1970s. Many of these are on display in the Museum’s ongoing exhibition Activist New York, in the Puffin Foundation Gallery.
Women's Political Union Pennant

Women's Political Union Pennant

Purple wool felt pennant screened with "Votes for Women," and "Women's Political Union," affixed with...

The N.Y. Suffrage League

The N.Y. Suffrage League


Twelve Reasons Why Women Should Vote

Twelve Reasons Why Women Should Vote

Materials relating to Women Suffrage Party

Protegerse es Quererse!

Protegerse es Quererse!


Earth Day - April 22

Earth Day - April 22


Take New York City Out of the War

Take New York City Out of the War

Printed on edge: N. G. Slater Corp. NYC 11. AFL-CIO Local [?]4. Vietnam Peace Parade Comm. N.Y.C.

[Stokely Carmichael speaking at an anti-war demonstration outside U. N.]

[Stokely Carmichael speaking at an anti-war demonstration outside U. N.]


[Political march passing by the Flatiron Building.]

[Political march passing by the Flatiron Building.]


[Commemorative Red Ribbon]

[Commemorative Red Ribbon]

Ribbon was worn during the AIDS walk to commemorate the loss of loved ones to AIDS.

AIDS Dance-a-thon

AIDS Dance-a-thon

Registration for a five hour fundraising dance extravaganza, Saturday, November 30, 1991.

Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass.

The Colored Champion of Freedom.

Victoria C. Woodhull and Tennie C. Claflin, the distinguished lady bankers of New York, both will positively appear and speak the same evening, at Cooper Institute, Thursday Evening, January 9

Victoria C. Woodhull and Tennie C. Claflin, the distinguished lady bankers of New York, both will positively appear and speak the same evening, at Cooper Institute, Thursday Evening, January 9


Triangle Fire (March 25, 1911)

Triangle Fire (March 25, 1911)

This painting depicts the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company on March 25, 1911 that took the lives...

People marching: poster saying "South Bronx for Change".

People marching: poster saying "South Bronx for Change".


"Racial Attacks Must Stop", South Bronx residents speak up with a sign

"Racial Attacks Must Stop", South Bronx residents speak up with a sign


Sane Nuclear Freeze - West Side Action

Sane Nuclear Freeze - West Side Action

metal | celluloid

Repeal 18th Amendment

Repeal 18th Amendment


[Anti-prohibition parade.]

[Anti-prohibition parade.]


Beaker

Beaker

Silver beaker with round tapered sides, two incised lines under the lip, slightly splayed round foot...

Noisemaker

Noisemaker

Wood noisemaker, used during the draft riots in 1863. Belonged to father of donors

"Mourn the victims, stand for peace"

"Mourn the victims, stand for peace"


[Large puppet with a sign for the Artists Union C. I. O.]

[Large puppet with a sign for the Artists Union C. I. O.]


[Model strike at the Art Students League.]

[Model strike at the Art Students League.]


The Tiger's Share

The Tiger's Share

Artist attributed.

The Chinese Question

The Chinese Question

Columbia -- "Hands off gentlemen! America means fair play for all men."

Special Election. Why and How You Register and Vote

Special Election. Why and How You Register and Vote

May 23, 1933. There will be a special election to elect delegates to a convention on June 27th, called...

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