Throughout the history of the United States, activists have incorporated the boycott into their methods of protest. Your job is to examine the boycott as a protest technique by reviewing the web sites below. As you view each site, bear in mind the following questions:

  • What is the historical context of each boycott? What is each group boycotting and why?
  • Were these boycotts successful? If they were, why were they successful? If not, why were they unsuccessful?
  • How effective were these boycotts in conveying the message of the protesters? Would you consider the boycott to be an effective means of resistance? Why or why not?


  • Boycott of British goods during the American Revolution

  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

  • Boycott of Benetton products