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Essay Questions



1. Discuss the importance of social movements to the development of the current makeup of the American political system. To what degree are social movements a necessary aspect of representative democracies?

2. Provide an examination of how and why various social movements decline or fail. Within this essay, work to identify and highlight the key elements you would include in your strategies if you were attempting to build a social movement.

3. Discuss the connection between the development of social movements and grievances held by individuals and groups. Can people have shared grievances that do not lead to social movements? Can people have social movements without shared grievances? Be sure to support your answers.

4. Examine and explain the following idea: Civil rights for disadvantaged groups are never freely given, but rather are won through the demands of those groups. Provide examples to support your argumentation.