In 1 776 The Unites States of America was born. In 1862, African Americans were set free from slavery. In 1920, woman received the right to vote. In 1968, men and woman of all colors and races won the battle against segregation. These monumental changes in the way our country worked, did not happen overnight. In many cases people put their life on the line for the freedom we have today, citizens spoke out, and took the responsibility of creating change.
It hasn’t always been easy, and it hasn’t always been done right. But the American people won’t Stop until they are completely satisfied until they’re rights are defined the way they want them to be by the American government. By looking at these events, they all have something in common. Throughout all of these fights for rights, there was protest. Some peaceful, some not, but the people in support spoke out and made a statement. How does protest affect us in our daily lives? It is constantly around us, it is simply challenging the status quote and speaking out.
Protest isn’t always throwing tea off ships, or marches, it can be stepping up and asking for what you think s right. In today’s society protest has turned into violence in many cases, for example the violent protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Violent protests don’t always get the point across, they tend to blur issues even more. Looking back through American history, there has been five major protests. Starting in 1 773 with the Boston Tea Party. The American colonist has a large absence in representation in the British Parliament.
So in turn they spoke out against the Tea Act, which allowed the East India Company to sell tea at reduced cost. The company was owned by the British giving them chance for an effective monopoly. The colonist statically stormed the ship as they pulled into the harbor, and threw over 40 pounds of tea over board. The next protest was in New York in the Year 1917, the woman of America paraded through the streets of New York caring large place cards with over one million signatures of woman of support of equality of the sexes.
But it wasn’t until 1920 that Congress ratified an amendment to give all citizens the right to vote no matter the sex. In 1911, in New York a factory became the scene off horrific accident. The Triangle Shirtwaist, a small factory, caught fire and took the ivies of 146 people, due to inadequate fire escapes, and upper level management not caring for the safety of their employees. Labor unions started to form all over the country, and employees refused to go back to work until their conditions were improved.
Soon after the protest broke out, legislation was introduced to increase and regulate stricter workplace safety laws and shorter hours. The next major protest came in 1963, during the Civil Rights Movement. On August 28th, 1963, more than 200,000 gathered and marched from the Washington Monument in Washington D. C. To the Lincoln Memorial. They delivered a protest that had no violence, but it was still powerful. The many supports stood for hours listening to major public figures express they’re appeal for African American equality.
One of which was Martin Luther King Jar. Where he delivered his famous “l Have a Dream” speech. Soon afterward came the antiwar demonstrations. In the fall of 1969 half a million people marched on Washington to protest the U. S. Involvement in the Vietnam War. This was recorded as the largest political rally in the nation’s history. But despite their call to remove themselves from the war, the U. S. Remained in the Vietnam War for the next six years. Today we are in the prime of one of Americas most violent protests.
The issues in Ferguson, Missouri have led to an outbreak of violence and silence in America, there are professional athletic teams making offensive gestures on live television, there are silent protestors laying in major roadways until justice is brought, and there are fires being set, and looters running free on the streets of Ferguson. The major protests in American history have forced Our society to move forward, to help understand and adapt the Constitution of the United States of America. They have all brought positive changes, and session learned.
But the protest correlated with the issues in Ferguson, Missouri are not only dripping with violence, but they have put us a step back in history. Yes, every human in this world has a right to voice their opinion, and are entitled to their rights. But when is enough, enough? When an entire town is destroyed due to violent protesting? When athletic teams are making crude gestures on national television? Those out violently protesting need to take a step back, look back at history and think about what they are doing. Think is this really the best way to voice their opinions and make a change.