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English 263 - Challenging the Status Quo Research Project: Start your Research Here

Research Tips

Tips for Researching your Person/People

  • Be sure to make a note of the names and dates of major events that relate to their challenge to the status quo. These are important facts for your speech and important key words you can use to refine your research.

Example: If I were discussing Martin Luther King, I would make sure to include the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, the March on Washington in 1963 and "Bloody Sunday"  in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

  • Note the names of other people and/or organizations that your person people worked for and laws and establishments that that your person/people worked to change .

Example: For MLK, an important organization he was a part of was the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). I would note that he was fighting Jim Crow laws (laws that enforced racial segregation in the South) and that his work helped to lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Articles to Start With

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Wahu Kaara (Kenya)

Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma/Myanmar)

Rigoberta Menchu-Tum [see also Rigoberta Menchu] (Guatemala)

Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)

Harvey Milk (United States)

Che Guavara  (Cuba)

Desmond Tutu  (South Africa)

Frida Kahlo (Mexico)

Ida B. Wells  (United States)

Ani Pachen (Tibet)

Marsha P. Johnson  and the Stonewall Rioters (United States)

Kang Chol-hwan [Also spelled Kang Cheol-hwan] (North Korea)

Alice Paul (United States)

Toussaint Louverture  (Haiti)

Dame Eugenia Charles (Dominica)

Roberto Clemente  (United States)

Sophie Cruz   (United States)

Dolores Huerta  (United States)

Sor Juana Inés Huerta (Mexico)

Ralph Lazo (United States)

Explore Further: Other Biography & Background Information Resources

Country Information/Cultural Information

For historical figures, be sure to focus on their country during the period when the person/people were active as well as their legacy today. 

US Sociopolitical Resources

  American Social Reform Movements Reference Library, 2007 

International Human Rights & Cultural Resources

 Human Rights Watch


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