17 photos that chronicle America's iconic history of activism

Donald Trump's election and recent wave of executive orders have inspired protests nationwide.

The day after the president's inauguration, the Women's March on Washington swelled to a half million people. Rallies related to immigration, LGBT rights, and other issues have continued to pop up in cities around the country, with more planned in the coming months. On April 22, hundreds of thousands are expected to join the Scientists' March on Washington, while more are expected to protest at the People's Climate March a week later.

Activists are also participating in other forms of political action. Over 13,000 women are planning to run for office in 2018, New York magazine recently reported. Donors have given millions of dollars to nonprofits like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, and consumers are boycotting retailers that do business with Trump's family.

The recent wave of action is only the latest in a long history of American activism. Here are 17 photos that chronicle some of that legacy.

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