The Tree of Protest

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) has been the subject of extensive scholarship due to the organization’s critical role in the civil rights movement and far-reaching impact on American political and social life in the 1960s. But how was a student-run organization that operated out of a small office in Atlanta, Georgia able to have such a far-reaching impact? While scholars have illuminated SNCC’s distinct style of community organizing, the organization’s national program has received less scholarly attention. New digital technologies enable historians to visualize and analyze the reach of SNCC in the 1960s. “The Tree of Protest” uses mapping software, digital archives, and oral history videos to reconstruct the programmatic architecture of SNCC’s National Network, the Mississippi Freedom Summer, and student activism in the 1960s. The resource maps, essays, and lessons seek to expand our understanding of the critical work of SNCC while also contributing to ongoing conversations about democracy, citizenship, and contemporary social movements.