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Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition

Lucy Barber


When Jacob Coxey's army marched into Washington, D.C., in 1894, observers did not know what to make of this concerted effort by citizens to use the capital for national public protest. By 1971, however, when thousands marched to protest the war in Vietnam, what had once been outside the political order had become an American political norm. This history explains just how this tactic achieved its transformation from unacceptable to legitimate. The book shows how such highly visible events contributed to the development of a broader and more inclusive view of citizenship, and transformed the cap ... More

Keywords: Jacob Coxey, Washington, Vietnam, citizenship, national politics, Vietnam war, 1971, public protest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520242159
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Barber, author