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Protest at the White House

For more than 100 years, Americans have used the White House as both stage and an audience to exercise their First Amendment rights of free speech, assembly, and petition. Taking many forms and advocating for various social and political causes, protests give voice to the American public and have the power to influence legislation and encourage government action. Explore the history of protest at the White House—from nighttime vigils to picketing to marches—as activists fought for women’s suffrage, civil rights, expressed their disdain with the Vietnam War, advocated for LGBTQ+ rights, and more.