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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

On Sunday 11 October 1987, more than 200,000 protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., for a national march for lesbian and gay rights. The day began with the unveiling on the Mall of the AIDS memorial quilt. Containing 1,920 three foot by six foot panels made by the lovers, friends, and families of those lost to the epidemic, the quilt (which by ...

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1. Patriotism, Protest, and the 1960s

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pp. 9-25

Amid the dramatic protests and social activism of the 1960s the civil rights movement stands out for its commitment to, and enthusiasm for, patriotic protest. Indeed, black leaders sought consistently to fuse respectable tactics—such as dressing smartly, behaving peacefully, and maintaining dignity even in the face of white supremacist provocation ...

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2. The Struggle for Gay Rights

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pp. 26-50

On 30 April 2000, several hundred thousand protesters assembled on the Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Millennium March, the fourth national gay rights demonstration to be hosted in the nation’s capital. “For more than six hours, under a warm spring sun” the crowd heard speeches from activists, celebrities and politicians; both President Clinton and Vice ...

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3. Women's Rights—The Second Wave

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pp. 51-76

On Wednesday 26 August 1970 a crowd of more than 10,000, the vast majority of them women, marched down Fifth Avenue in New York to a rally in Bryant Park. Conceived by National Organization for Women (NOW) founder and feminist icon Betty Friedan, the march celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the nineteenth amendment and was also part ...

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4. The Battles over Busing

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pp. 77-94

As the first of the bright yellow school buses rolled up outside South Boston High School on the morning of Thursday 12 September 1974 it was greeted by an angry mob. Chants of “Go home nigger,” and “Turn the bus over” erupted from the watching crowd of 500 or so whites. As a rock bounced off the side of the bus “a cheer arose from the youths ...

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5. The Tax Revolt

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pp. 95-116

On the morning of Wednesday 20 April 1977 about fifteen senior citizens, led by Roger Sutton of California’s Citizens Action League (CAL), assembled on the steps of the old courthouse building in Redwood City to demand property tax relief for the state’s low-income citizens. In a dramatic show of protest that was reminiscent of the draft card burnings ...

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6. The Anti-Abortion Movement

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pp. 117-139

On Wednesday 22 January 1975, two years to the day after Roe v. Wade, a crowd of 25,000 gathered on the steps of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. for the second annual March for Life. The protesters carried “roses and placards—with slogans such as ‘Kill Inflation, Not Babies’ and ‘It’s Not Nice to Fool with Mother Nature.’” The day’s biggest cheer was ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 140-144

The popular interpretation of the 1960s stresses the youthful idealism and initial optimism of the civil rights and student movements, as well as activists’ commitment to nonviolence and participatory democracy. But as the decade wore on, we are told, protesters became consumed by bitterness and violence, and the various movements that they sustained ...

Notes

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pp. 145-187

Bibliography

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pp. 189-202

Index

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pp. 203-212

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 213-215

Since beginning work on American Patriotism, American Protest I have run up an assortment of debts—financial, intellectual, and emotional—and it is a particular pleasure to have the opportunity to acknowledge those who have offered help, encouragement and other forms of assistance ...