Throughout human history, social protest and “agitational” movements have been a major feature of political life. This course will explore the role of social protest as a force in a modern democratic society. Particular attention will be given to various examples of protest movements in modern American history. Theoretical and historical materials will be examined at the outset of the course. The major focus, however, will be on selected protest movements in modern America, particularly in the period of the 1960's to the present.