Into the Streets

A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

What does it mean to resist?

Throughout our nation’s history, discrimination and unjust treatment of all kinds have prompted people to make their objections and outrage known. Some protests involve large groups of people, marching or holding signs with powerful slogans. Others start with quotes or hashtags on social media that go viral and spur changes in behavior. People can make their voices heard in hundreds of different ways.

Join author Marke Bieschke on this visual voyage of resistance through American history. Discover the artwork, music, fashion, and creativity of the activists. Meet the leaders of the movements, and learn about the protests that helped to shape the United States from all sides of the political spectrum. Examples include key events from women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, occupations by Indigenous people, LGBTQ demands for equality, Tea Party protests, Black Lives Matter protests, and more, including the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020.

Into the Streets introduces the personalities and issues that drove these protests, as well as their varied aims and accomplishments, from spontaneous hashtag uprisings to highly planned strategies of civil disobedience. Perfect for young adult audiences, this book highlights how teens are frequently the ones protesting and creating the art of the resistance.

“[T]he text never loses sight of the fact that the right to assemble and protest is a basic American right. . . . Highly recommended for middle grade through high school collections in both school and public libraries.”—starred, School Library Journal

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 176
Publication Date 2020-07-07
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN058000, YAN051270, YAN052040
Dewey 303.48/40973
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 1240
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Starred Reviews

Author: Marke Bieschke

Marke Bieschke has worked as an editor at,, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.


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“[A] how-to guide for young dissidents.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“[E]xpansive and inclusive . . . This roundup of rallies, parades, sit-ins, walkouts, boycotts, and more shows there are as many protest methods as there are reasons to protest.” —Publisher’s Weekly

School Library Journal

“[T]he text never loses sight of the fact that the right to assemble and protest is a basic American right. . . . Highly recommended for middle grade through high school collections in both school and public libraries.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[A]n engaging overview to inspire socially minded readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

James Tracy

Into the Streets connects young social justice activists to the long history of dissent.”—James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power

David Talbot

“An eye-opening, time-machine trip through the epic drama of American direct democracy.”—David Talbot, New York Times-bestselling author of The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

Elaine Elinson

“Sure to inspire the next generation of activists.”—Elaine Elinson is the author of the award-winning Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California