First Student Protest in the United States

About the first recorded student protest in the United States.

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THE FIRST STUDENT PROTEST IN THE U.S.

Henry David Thoreau's grandfather. Asa Dunbar, set the pattern for American student rebellions over 200 years ago. In 1766 he protested against the quality of Harvard College food with the slogan "Behold, our butter stinketh!" After the faculty condemned him for "the sin of insubordination," Dunbar and his followers conducted an eat-out. They breakfasted off campus.

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