Do protests work? Certainly they can make the participants feel that rather than passively accepting injustice they are doing something about it. But do they actually create change, or do they just enrage the opposition, which traditionally paints protestors as the equivalent of spoiled brats in mid-tantrum? While protests can be little more than acts… Read more →
Nancy C. Unger is Professor and Chair in the History Department of Santa Clara University. Her talks on LGBTQ history can be viewed at https://www.c-span.org/search/?keywords=nancy+unger She’s the author of two award-winning biographies, FIGHTING BOB LA FOLLETTE: THE RIGHTEOUS REFORMER; and BELLE LA FOLLETTE: PROGRESSIVE ERA REFORMER. Her book BEYOND NATURE’S HOUSEKEEPERS: AMERICAN WOMEN IN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY was a California Book Award finalist. Her new book, co-edited with Christopher McKnight Nichols, is A COMPANION TO THE GILDED AGE AND PROGRESSIVE ERA.