American Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements by Simon Hall

By Simon Hall

In the course of the Seventies and past, political reasons either left and right-the homosexual rights move, second-wave feminism, the protests opposed to busing to desegregate colleges, the tax insurrection, and the anti-abortion struggle-drew suggestion from the protest hobbies of the Nineteen Sixties. certainly, of their enthusiasm for direct-action strategies, their use of road theater, and their engagement in grassroots organizing, activists in these types of pursuits may be thought of "children of the Sixties." Invocations of America's founding beliefs of liberty and justice and other kinds of patriotic protest have additionally featured prominently within the rhetoric and picture of those activities. Appeals to the assertion of Independence and the invoice of Rights were made forcefully through homosexual rights activists and feminists, for example, whereas members within the antibusing circulate, the tax insurrection, and the crusade opposed to abortion rights have waved the yank flag and claimed the help of the nation's founders. In tracing the continuation of quintessentially "Sixties" different types of protest and concepts into the final 3 many years of the 20th century, and in emphasizing their legacy for conservatives in addition to these at the left, American Patriotism, American Protest exhibits that the activism of the civil rights, New Left, and anti-Vietnam warfare hobbies has formed America's sleek political tradition in decisive methods. in addition to delivering a clean substitute to the "rise and fall" narrative wherein the Sixties are frequently considered, Simon Hall's specialise in the shared dedication to patriotic protest between a various diversity of activists around the political spectrum additionally demanding situations claims that, in contemporary many years, patriotism has turn into the safeguard of the political correct. filled with unique and insightful observations, and in response to wide archival learn, American Patriotism, American Protest transforms our figuring out of the Sixties and their aftermath.

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Meeting in a coffee shop after the second White House protest, New York Mattachine’s Craig Rodwell, a native of Chicago who moved to Greenwich Village in the late 1950s and became active in the homophile movement, suggested an annual July 4 protest outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Rodwell, who would found the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in 1967, envisaged the protest as “like a gay holiday. ”46 The Struggle for Gay Rights 33 Ultimately the homophile movement’s adoption of direct action and its break with the accommodationism of the 1950s was to prove significant.

The crowd—perhaps more accurately described as a mob by this point—continued to fight back. ” Police, including TPF units, watched on with grim-faced determination. 54 Stonewall has become a defining event in gay history; a “year zero” that, in public consciousness and historical memory, marks the birth of the gay liberation movement. ”55 But although commonly viewed as a spontaneous protest, the Stonewall Riot is more accurately understood when placed in its wider context. The funeral of gay icon Judy Garland earlier the same day helps account for the anger of the bar’s patrons that night.

3 In invoking the Declaration of Independence and associating her movement with patriotic values, Jean stood in a long tradition of gay rights activism. From its emergence in the new, urban gay subculture fashioned by World War II4 through its mid-1960s experimentation with direct action, embrace of the revolutionary politics of the New Left, and evolution during the 1970s into a mass-based movement for equal rights, the deployment of patriotic protest was a cornerstone of the gay freedom struggle.

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