Sometimes laws violate our core ethical beliefs. Since citizenship means taking an active role in self-government, some citizens have risked arrest to protest unfair policies. Is breaking the law to bring change ever justified?
Dr. Rex Ellis discusses how protests bring different opinions into the open and can foster a better informed citizenry.
The Media Watch
Andrea Mitchell talks about the hazards of covering protests as a reporter.
Native American Unrest
Chickahominy Indian Chief Adkins describes a Native American response to political involvements from the 17th century to today.
The Courage of Getting Up
Dr. Rex Ellis and Jihad Abdulmummit talk about nonviolent tactics of the Civil Rights movement.
Dr. Ed Ayers tells the story of a young girl who protested inequality in local schools and set an example for Brown v. Board of Education.
Historian James McPherson describes the cycle of protest in American history from against immigrants to against discrimination.
Engines of Change
Historian Carol Berkin comments on the unique political climate of America and its tolerance for protest.
Gabriel Prosser's Failure
Associate Professor Phillip Hamilton describes how not all protests are successful, but they often serve as foundations for future change.
We Can't Help Ourselves
Historian Gordon Wood suggests that the American electoral system serves as a release for pent up political rage.
This clip shows how 1920s women not only won the right to vote but were also influential in the prohibition movement.
The Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights activists used a variety of protest techniques to battle inequality.
The Protest Tradition
Our nation began in protest with the Declaration of Independence. See how protest has been a part of our history.