Despite longstanding traditions of tolerance, inclusion, and democracy in the United States, dissident citizens and social movements have experienced significant and sustained - although often subtle and difficult-to observe - suppression in this country. Using mechanism-based social-movement theory, this book explores a wide range of twentieth century episodes of contention, involving such groups as mid-century communists, the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, and the modern-day globalization movement.
1. Introduction 2. The Suppression of Dissent 3. State Modes of Suppression 4. Mass-Media-Related Suppression of Dissent 5. From Actions to Transactions: The Mechanisms of Suppression 6. Conclusion