Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States


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About the Author

Marke Bieschke has worked as an editor at,, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.


From slave rebellions and the Boston Tea Party, to the 2017 Women's March and the March for Our Lives following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, Bieschke covers the history of major protests in the United States. In chronological order, each protest is allotted a four-page vignette of text, photographs, and relevant sidebars. While most protests are, almost by definition, anti-establishment or anti-government, the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally is included. Bieschke approaches this event as an exercise of First Amendment rights. Not all protests have sparked the desired changes in society or government. Not all have been peaceful, either, often involving violence both from protesters and/or from law and government officials. However, the text never loses sight of the fact that the right to assemble and protest is a basic American right. A short section of suggestions on how to start a protest completes the book. Source notes are included; the majority are websites, with a smattering of print sources. The online sources are from legitimate and respected news outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, BBC, and the Institute for Policy Studies. A good index is helpful; an annotated list of recommended reading features impressive choices. VERDICT Highly recommended for middle grade through high school collections in both school and public libraries.--starred, School Library Journal

-- "Journal"

Into the Streets is an enlightening, inspiring and very readable pictorial history of the heroic protest actions that have pushed the American experiment toward the arc of peace, justice and equality--often against seemingly insurmountable odds. The broad spectrum of people's history featured here includes such monumental events as Martin Luther King Jr's 'I Have a Dream' civil rights march on Washington in 1963 and more recent acts of resistance like the 2016 occupation of Standing Rock Indian Reservation that pitted Native American activists and environmentalists against Big Oil. Author Marke Bieschke also resurrects some more hidden archival treasures, like the bloody battle fought by World War II veterans returning home to McMinn County, Tennessee to free citizens from the bondage of a corrupt, violent political machine. Into the Streets is an eye-opening, time-machine trip through the epic drama of American direct democracy.--David Talbot, New York Times-bestselling author of The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

-- "Other Print"

What I love about Marke Bieschke's book is that he connects well-known protests--like the Freedom Rides and the Free Speech Movement--with ones that have been obscured in history from the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 to the hunger marches during the Great Depression to ACT UP's demands to end the AIDS epidemic. The words are so powerful and the visuals so vivid that you can almost hear the sound of thousands of marchers, exuberant chants and protest songs ringing in the air. Since many of the protests--from the Birmingham Children's March to today's students' urgent calls for gun control and action on the climate crisis--are led by youth, these stories are sure to inspire the next generation of activists.--Elaine Elinson is the author of the award-winning Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California

-- "Other Print"

A visual primer covering some key U.S. protests from 1492 to 2018. An introduction offers readers definitions of what protest is and the many ways it can manifest. The protests covered center people of different races, classes, sexual orientations, and genders as well as including non-identity related protests, making this a thoroughly representative book. Important players, like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, activists for transgender rights in the Stonewall uprising, are highlighted, and continued injustice is acknowledged, including the modern-day prison industrial complex. Bieschke ends by offering suggestions for readers interested in starting their own protests. Despite these strengths, some of the language used to describe nonviolent protest (such as calling sit-in protesters 'polite') harkens to respectability politics. Applying the word 'violent' to early Native American resistance while positioning European settler-colonists as having 'used force'--not violence--to 'evict' Native Americans feeds into common biases. Later, the same chapter claims slave owners were 'often abusive, ' although the institution of slavery was itself inherently abusive. As the book progresses, these problematic missteps appear less frequently. Overall, Bieschke does an admirable job of connecting protests to their historical moments. Ample use of photos, historical illustrations, and informative sidebars add visual engagement. Despite occasional stumbles, this is an engaging overview to inspire socially minded readers.--Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal"

Marke Bieschke has created the perfect antidote to our times riddled with rising tides of injustice and emboldened racism. Into the Streets connects young social justice activists to the long history of dissent.--James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco's Housing Wars and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times

-- "Other Print"