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A History of American Protest

Protests and riots are nothing new in America.

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Protests are not a new thing in America. Sadly, protests can turn violent. Riots have happened many times in the history of the United States. Most people today think violence is not the way to solve problems. Peaceful protest and the right to ask the government for change are in the United States Constitution.

Colonial America

In the early colonial days, settlers rebeled against the rule of England. The most famous event was the Boston Tea Party. Protesters were tired of England raising taxes without giving the American colonists any say on the matter. On December 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, colonists boarded ships and dumped 342 chests of British tea into the harbor.

The United States of America

American settlers held the ultimate protest: the American Revolutionary War.

Martin Luther King Jr.

As the United States of America fought and won freedom from England, riots and protests were common.

Around the time of the American Civil War, protests and riots were held against forcing men to become soldiers.

The 1960s

The 1960s was a decade of many protests and riots. Some were against the Vietnam War. Some wanted equal rights for all races. The year 1968 had over 100 riots after the death of  Martin Luther King, Jr, a man who worked to get equal rights for black Americans. During his life, King didn’t believe in violence. He always protested peacefully.

The recent protests events may seem scary, but America has seen worse in the past. Are the today’s events like those of history? Should people act with violence, or protest peacefully?

Sarah Cowgill

National Columnist at and Sarah has been a writer in the political and corporate worlds for over 25 years. As a sought-after speech writer, her clients included CEOs, U.S. Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and even a Vice President. She’s worked as Contributing Editor at Scottsdale Life, a news reporter for the Journal and Courier, and guest opinion political writer for numerous publications nationwide. A born storyteller, Sarah has published a full-length book and is currently finishing a quirky, sarcastic, second novel.

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