Activism in the US

Activism in the US


View of unidentified men protesting segregated facilities outside of Rich's store in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. December 1960. Courtesy of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Cite as: William Stanford Sr. Photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Ga.

In This Exhibition

The United States has a long history of activists seeking social, political, economic, and other changes to America—along with a history of other activists trying to prevent such changes. American activism covered a wide range of causes and utilized many different forms of activism.

American sociopolitical activism became especially prominent during the period of societal upheaval which began during the 1950s. The African American civil rights movement led the way, soon followed by a substantial anti-war movement opposing American involvement in the Vietnam War, and later by vigorous activism involving women’s issues, gay rights, and other causes.

The United States remains a land of nearly constant change, and activists play a significant role in the ongoing evolution of American democracy.  It seems likely that Americans will remain enthusiastic activists in the future.

Credit: University of Georgia Libraries. Part of the Digital Library of Georgia.