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Harper's Weekly was well known for its illustrations. Photographs were still uncommon in newspapers in the 1890s.
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Petitioning on Government Grounds

The 9/11 attacks highlighted the vulnerability of government buildings to terrorist attacks. Yet long before the attacks and still today, we wrestle with finding the right balance between keeping the government accessible and keeping it secure.

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  • National Security
  • Politics
  • Protests
  • 7-12
  • College/University

You're Exploring Freedom of Action

Are government grounds off-limits to protests?

Harper's Weekly was well known for its illustrations. Photographs were still uncommon in newspapers in the 1890s.

1894: Coxey's Army Tests Limits on Protest

When Jacob Coxey leads an "army" of unemployed men to the Capitol to protest economic policies, he tests the limits of freedom of assembly and petition.


2015: Bringing Down the Confederate Flag

While legislators delay a decision on removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds, an activist illegally scales a flagpole to remove it.

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