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    "Coxey's Army": A Rare and Important 1894 Social Protest/Political Ribbon. Jacob Coxey of Ohio led what may be considered the first men's "march on Washington" in 1894 to protest widespread unemployment during a major 4-year economic depression. The movement was affiliated with the Populist political movement, as the ribbon declares "THE PEOPLES PARTY will elect a Congress to represent the people, not Wall Street". Upon the march's arrival in Washington, Coxey and other leaders were arrested for walking on the grass of the United States Capitol, hence the slogan on this ribbon and image of Coxey behind bars. But the arrest served its purpose, as the protest quickly melted away. We have seen only several examples of this delightful and important ribbon over the years, none of them approaching the near-mint condition of this specimen. Measures 4.875" x 1.5".

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    November, 2018
    10th-11th Saturday-Sunday
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