This course explores political power through the activism and the protest which contests the meaning of law and help to shape its future. Law, as a construction of society, faces constant opposition and periods of elevated resistance in specific subject areas. These areas include: abolitionism, workers’ rights, women’s suffrage, civil rights, the student and anti-war movement, the American Indian movement, and environmentalism. Each of these important socio-legal movements creates the subject for our discussions. We focus upon the legal and political theorists and activists who challenged these laws, as well as the text of speeches and platforms which altered understandings of political power forever.