By Leanna Garfield / Posted at Business Insider
From civil rights to reproductive rights, here is a brief history of some of America’s most famous protests, boycotts, and strikes.
Donald Trump’s election and recent wave of executive orders have inspired protests nationwide.
The day after the president’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington swelled to a half million people. Rallies related to immigration, LGBT rights, and other issues have continued to pop up in cities around the country, with more planned in the coming months. On April 22, hundreds of thousands are expected to join the Scientists’ March on Washington, while more are expected to protest at the People’s Climate March a week later.
Activists are also participating in other forms of political action. Over 13,000 women are planning to run for office in 2018, New York magazine recently reported. Donors have given millions of dollars to nonprofits like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, and consumers are boycotting retailers that do business with Trump’s family.
The recent wave of action is only the latest in a long history of American activism. Here are 17 photos that chronicle some of that legacy.
In 1917, ten suffragists, who called themselves the “silent sentinels,” were arrested when they picketed outside the White House. The women’s suffrage movement is considered one of the first modern activist movements.
The labor movement, which was also grew in the 19th century, fought for safe working conditions and increased pay and benefits for laborers.
The civil rights movement, which began in 1954, aimed to end racial inequality, segregation, and discrimination.
In one of three marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, protesters joined together in response to the voting obstacles and threats of lynching that African Americans faced in the South.
Universities have historically been breeding grounds for contemporary activism. Starting in the early 1960s, many college students protested in opposition to the Vietnam War …
… which helped spark a mainstream anti-war movement.
In 1982, around a million people filled New York City’s Central Park to protest nuclear weapons during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
The 1969 Stonewall riots catapulted the LGBT rights movement into the mainstream. Activists led three days of protests after the NYPD raided Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Though the environmental movement started in the 19th century, it gained more mainstream appeal in the mid-20th century. The US celebrated its first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
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