From women’s suffrage and the formation of labor unions, to Japanese internment and a city school boycott, the website companion to the Chicago History Museum’s Facing Freedom in America exhibition highlights some of the ways Americans have struggled over the true meaning of freedom.
Great changes and events in history have often started with protest. From town hall meetings and rallies to demonstrations and war, protest has instigated change in our society. The lessons in this unit will help students compare and contrast different methods of protest and understand protest as a part of American history. Students will analyze how political cartoons work to convey messages and how organizing peacefully can often lead to change.