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The World War I Anti-War Movement and The First Amendment

May 11, 2015 By Ralph Young

In this excerpt from Dissent: The History of an American Idea, Ralph Young looks at how the limits of dissent as one of our nation’s defining characteristics were tested during World War I.

Tents folded, what’s next for the “Occupy” movement?

November 29, 2011 By Ralph Young

Is the Occupy Movement an aberration, a flash in the pan that will sputter out? Or is it a portent of things to come?

5 things to know about Occupy Wall Street + 1 big question

October 20, 2011 By Ralph Young

Like the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street is an expression of a deep-seated discontent about the nation’s direction, or lack thereof.

5 rock songs quoted by the Supreme Court

April 28, 2011 By Ralph Young

The power of song has so pervaded our society that now it seems that even Supreme Court justices quote lines from protest songs in their decisions.

DC mayor Vincent Gray and civil disobedience as a 'badge of honor'

April 22, 2011 By Ralph Young

While at first it might seem strange that a mayor would get arrested at a protest, Gray’s action is simply part of a long tradition of dissent that even precedes the founding of the republic.

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