Protest: A History of Social Movements in America Reviews

Protest: A History of Social Movements in America: ISBN 978-1-6782-0090-9/ eBook: 978-1-6782-0091-6
Kirkus Reviews, August 3, 2021

A brief yet informative run-through of the role and significance played by unified group action in American society's advancement.
The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees citizens, among other rights, the freedom to protest. This book offers summaries of some crucial moments in U.S. history when that right has been exercised. It touches on the basis for and evolution of movements that have brought about both gradual and radical changes that were—and in some cases, still remain—necessary for the progression of society in ways that are most fair and equitable for its members. The examples featured illustrate that human rights advocacy is enacted in a variety of ways and usually requires risk and sacrifice for uncertain payoff. The examples given in the chapters following the introduction are the struggle for women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement (up through Black Lives Matter), protests against the Vietnam War, the fight for gay rights, and the environmental movement. Kallen also mentions counterprotesters and adjacent or similar movements that aided each other, offering context. The easy-to-read writing is succinct and, enhanced by the inclusion of well-chosen photos that highlight pivotal events, will serve as a digestible foundation and gateway for readers interested in these subject areas.
A concise entry point for understanding the role protests have played in shaping America. (picture credits, source notes, organizations and websites, further research, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)