Artifacts

"Attitude" Hat

Artifact Details

It took 10 years of war before the Salvadorian civil war officially ended with peace accords.

A CIA officer wore this simple Guatemalan hat while monitoring the Salvadoran civil war, marked by heavy fighting between leftist insurgents and government forces supported by the United States. He wore the hat on days when things were not going well, as a kind of bellwether. When he left this assignment, the officer literally passed the hat to another Agency officer. As the situation began improving, that officer wore it less and less.

Artifact Specs

24.5 x 16 x 3
(L x W x H)