Published On: Oct 18 2011 12:30:54 PM EDTUpdated On: Sep 30 2012 08:37:30 AM EDT
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement. Look back with Time magazine at the other top protest movements in American history.
10. Occupy Wall Street
9. Tea Party Movement
Originating in January 2009 and stemming from the original Boston Tea Party, this political movement railed against big government, overspending and taxation.
8. World Trade Organization Protests
More than 40,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle in 1999 during the World Trade Organization's biannual meeting, protesting the increasing unification of the world's economic order, which they claimed widened the gap between rich and poor worldwide.
7. Black Power Movement
The Black Power movement was a subgroup of the larger strides toward black equality, one that has been praised for its activism and criticized for its isolationism and violence.
6. Labor Movement
The Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911 produced stricter workplace-safety laws, safer factories and shorter hours. It also boosted the strength of the burgeoning union/labor movement for decades to come.
5. Gay Rights Movement
The riots following the 1969 police raid on New York City's Stonewall Inn became the catalyst for the national gay rights movement, which continues today.
4. Antiwar Movement
In the fall of 1969, more than 500,000 people marched on Washington to protest U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. It remains the largest political rally in the nation's history.
3. Women's Suffrage Movement
The women's suffrage movement dates back to the Revolutionary War, but women's rights trailblazers spearheaded the push for voting rights in the mid-19th century. The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.
2. Civil Rights Movement
The more than 200,000 people who descended on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, appealing for equal rights for minorities proved that protests don't need to be violent to be powerful.
1. Boston Tea Party
In December of 1773, protesting American colonists dumped some 46 tons of tea into the Boston Harbor over their lack of representation in the British Parliament, spurring the movement for independence.