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Protest


  • Let's Return Historical Attention to the Crowd

    by Peter N. Stearns

    Historians have much to add to the social science theory on crowds and can help advance understanding past simplistic and mechanistic understandings of today's public unrest.



  • Protest Delivered the Nineteenth Amendment

    The amendment, ratified a century ago, is often described as having “given” women the right to vote. It wasn’t a gift; it was a hard-won victory achieved after more than seventy years of suffragist agitation.



  • Homeland Security Was Destined to Become a Secret Police Force

    by Masha Gessen

    On behalf of the D.H.S. and its uniformed services, Director Chad Wolf claimed responsibility for the armed presence in Portland. He asserted that his agency was doing exactly what it was created to do. He was right.



  • Patience Is a Dirty Word

    by Ibram X. Kendi

    On August 28, 1963, many Americans were not ready to hear John Lewis speak about completing the revolution of 1776. Are Americans ready for the message the 23-year-old Lewis offered now?


  • One of the Chicago 7 Reflects on Dissident Politics Then and Now

    by Lee Weiner

    A veteran of dissident politics in the 1960s warns that while today's broad coalition of activists for a more just and democratic America are on the right track, they must learn from the mistakes of an older generation and find ways to keep united despite difference. 



  • Trump Equates Support for Confederate Flag with Black Lives Matter

    Trump said on Sunday, “I’m not offended either by Black Lives Matter, that’s freedom of speech. You know the whole thing with cancel culture – we can’t cancel our whole history. We can’t forget that the north and the south fought.”


  • A Historian's Reflections on American Dissent

    by Ralph Young

    At a time like this one longs for a Gandhi or a King to come along and show us the way. Or a Lincoln or a Roosevelt who took up the challenge of leading the United States through existential crises. But I don't see that happening. Not in 2020. Not on the federal level.


  • Thinking About Racism Beyond Statues and Symbols

    by Dolores Janiewski

    In his life and his death Floyd experienced the coercive structures that constrain, punish and eventually kill altogether too many Americans. More than Confederate statues, these need to be torn down.