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Political Activism in America: Getting Started

Abolitionism

Woman Suffrage

Temperance

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The United States of America is a nation founded in dissent and rebellion, later sustained by the free exchange of ideas and opinions.  Many protest movements have influenced and continue to shape the course of American history.  This research guide brings together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research one of America's protest movements, past or present.  Want to know where to start you research?  Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles, and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended authoritative websites.

Important Protest Movements in American History

While laws in America are formalized via the political system,  many of the major changes in society have been influenced by movements of people coming together to advance a cause.  President Lincoln, for example, did a great thing by declaring an end to slavery in the Emancipation Proclimation.  The Sixty-Sixth Congress and President Wilson finally enfranchised the nation's women with the right to vote in 1919 by passing and enacting the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.  But the groundwork for those historic accomplishments was laid by the hard work and determination of agitators for abolitionism and woman suffrage, respectively.

Movements Covered in this Guide Include:

  • Abolitionism
  • Woman Suffrage
  • Temperance
  • Labor Movement
  • Civil Rights
  • Anti-War
  • Environmentalism
  • Tea Party

Subject Guide

Civil Rights

Labor