A Brief History of Protest

As protests sweep across America we are reminded of the rich tradition of civil disobedience throughout our history. From anti-war demonstrations to climate change protests, our antipathy for injustice and the ills of the world have often found expression in the streets and squares of  major cities.

A civil rights demonstration at the Washington Monument, August 28, 1963. 9C2344.

A civil rights demonstration at the Washington Monument, August 28, 1963. 9C2344.

Climate change protest, Copenhagen 2009. SN8162.

Climate change protest, Copenhagen 2009. SN8162.

40,000 people gather for the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. 9F6165

40,000 people gather for the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. 9F6165