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First draft at 175 words

The purpose of this proposal is to present the argument that people who have been marginalized by institutional forces throughout America’s history have used overt rebellion and non-violent resistance as ways to foment change towards a more equitable society by focusing on two key events: Gabriel’s Rebellion of 1800 and the recent formation of the Alt-National Park Service. Building on the work of Dudouet (2013) of the Berghof Foundation in Berlin, this research explores the simularities between Gabriel’s Rebellion and the work of the Atl-National Park Service. Dudouet (2013) notes that violent and nonviolent protests share the following similarities: 1) collective political action; 2) organized action; 3) non-institutional action; and 4) actions that “violate or bypass routine conflict resolution procedures of a political system” (p. 402). Given the contentious political times that we live in today, research that investigates the reasons that motivate violent and nonviolent protest is timely and much needed. The pairing of Gabriel’s Rebellion with the actions of the Alt-National Park Service provide us with better understanding of what “resistance” has meant to America

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Second draft at 152 words

The purpose of this proposal is to present the argument that people who have been marginalized by institutional forces throughout America’s history have used overt rebellion and non-violent resistance to foment change towards a more equitable society by focusing on two key events: Gabriel’s Rebellion of 1800 and the recent formation of the Alt-National Park Service. Building on the work of Dudouet (2013), this research explores the simularities between these acts of resistance. Dudouet (2013) notes that violent and nonviolent protests are collective, organized, and non-institutional actions that “violate or bypass routine conflict resolution procedures of a political system” (p. 402). Given the contentious political times that we live in today, research that investigates the reasons that motivate violent and nonviolent protest is timely and much needed. The pairing of Gabriel’s Rebellion with the actions of the Alt-National Park Service provide us with better understanding of what “resistance” has meant to America over time.

Rerences

Dudouet, V. (2013). Dynamics and factors of transition from armed struggle to nonviolent resistance. Journal of Peace Research, 50.3, 401-13. doi:10.1177/0022343312469978