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Anti-Vietnam War poster by Sarah Beach, 1970sAnti-Vietnam War poster by Sarah Beach, 1970s

When Beach, an artist and activist, visited the National Museum of American History in 1976 to see We the People, an exhibition on American politics, she was surprised to find herself part of the show. A Smithsonian photographer had snapped her picture at an antiwar rally, and curators had turned the image into a life-size figure for a display about political protest. Although pleased to be included in the exhibition, Beach did not agree with the slogan on the sign attached to her mannequin. Curators agreed to change the sign, and in 1977 they also collected two posters Beach had made and used in antiwar demonstrations, including this newsprint collage.

See also: Political Protest, Vietnam War

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