Place of Protest: Chicago's Legacy of Dissent, Declaration, and Disruption
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How have protesters in Chicago occupied space with their bodies, voices, and possessions?
What do their strategies reveal about a protest's purpose and message?
Curated by Rachel Boyle, PhD, and using images, maps, and other documents from Chicago Collections member institutions, this online exhibit explores fifteen case studies of protest in Chicago spanning nearly 150 years of the city's history.
From a makeshift bomb hurled into a crowd of police officers and laborers in Haymarket Square to a city-wide boycott of Chicago Public Schools in protest of continued segregation, the exhibit tells the stories of dissent among labor, civil rights, and antiwar protesters through archival images, documents, and oral histories curated from libraries and cultural institutions around Chicago.
The interactive exhibit encourages navigation though a timeline of events as well as an interactive map that reveals how local declarations uniquely expressed national tensions and the ways in which memories of protest shape Chicagoans' responses to urban conflict.
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PHOTO: WOMEN PROTESTERS PICKETING AT CITY HALL IN SUPPORT OF REPUBLIC STEEL STRIKERS AFTER WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE MEMORIAL DAY MASSACRE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, JUNE 2, 1937
SOURCE: CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM