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Rebels with a Cause
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"For every well-known authority figure in American history there is probably an equally well-known individual of the counter-culture. These subversives, though often vilified in their day, have helped keep the establishment in check...read on!"
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The first rebellious figure of any note in American history was active well before the United States became a sovereign nation. Nathaniel Bacon, Jr. led a short-lived rebellion against the governor of the Virginia colony in 1676 that led to the deaths of several hundred and the sacking of Jamestown. Who was the governor of the Virginia colony and chief antagonist of Bacon?
Shays' Rebellion of 1787 was another very early example of discontent amongst the powerless masses in the United States. Led by a bankrupt farmer and former officer during the American Revolution named Daniel Shays, this uprising primarily occurred in which U.S. state?
One of my favorite rebels, this former slave was a regular contributor to William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist paper called 'The Liberator', and created his own regular paper called 'North Star' in 1847. Name this abolitionist hero whose most famous literary work happens to be his autobiography.
W. E. B. Dubois
Booker T. Washington
Among this list of noted rebellious figures in 19th century American history, which person least fits?
One of the most surprising examples of rebellion in American history occurred on October 16, 1859 when John Brown led a raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Prior to the Harpers Ferry raid, Brown was well-known for his involvement in the violence that occurred earlier in the 1850s in which state?
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this elderly woman was an active supporter of labor rights, and was particularly involved in promoting the rights of mine workers. Born in Ireland as Mary Harris, she became known to the public as...?
A "fin-de-siecle" organizer of labor, this man ran unsuccessfully for president under the Socialist Party ticket five times. What was the name of this American radical?
William H. Carwardine
Eugene V. Debs
Perhaps the most storied and heroic act of rebellion in U.S. history occurred on December 1, 1955 when a middle-aged black woman refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Of course, we are talking about Rosa Parks, one of the inspirational leaders of the black civil rights movement. In which city did Rosa Parks make her famous stand (or better yet, sit)?
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the paramount leader of the peaceful movement towards desegregation in the American south. For many years, his nemesis within the black civil rights movement was Malcolm X, whose advocacy for an end to government-supported discrimination did not necessarily include a peaceful agenda. Before becoming a militant Muslim, Malcolm had a different surname. What was his name at birth?
The late 1960s was certainly an emotionally charged time in the arena of American politics. Already a period during which many of society's traditional mores and habits were being questioned, the debatable government policies associated with the war in Vietnam helped feed a groundswell of tempestuous discontentment. One of the spectacular events of this period occurred in Chicago in 1968, when protests rocked the Democratic Party convention being held in the windy city. A number of arrests were made, including those of the 'Chicago Eight', who were then tried under a storm of media attention. The 'Eight' eventually became 'Seven' when which member of this collection of rebels was given a four-year prison sentence for contempt of court?
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