The Paradox of Cyber Protest

Political protest—even illegal protest—is as American as apple pie and baseball. Even before the advent of the Republic, Americans used illegal organizations and illegal means to protest British colonial policies and argue in defense of their natural rights. The 19th century is scattered with instances of protest over issues ranging from war, to labor practices, to immigration policies. In the 20th century, America experienced one of the most meaningful periods of protest in its history when the civil rights movement peacefully, successfully, and often illegally called upon the country to live up to its ideals. Protestors did not always achieve their ends, but they fit well within the American tradition.

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