About the project

Mapping American Social Movements is directed by Professor James N. Gregory and supported by a Digital Humanities grant from the Walter J. Simpson Center for the Humanities, a Washington State Labor Research grant from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and the History Department Hanauer Fund, all at the University of Washington.

Please note: this is a work in progress. We add data and visualizations each month and correct errors. Current visualizations are hosted by Tableau Public and Google maps, but we anticipate using additional systems in the future.


This digital project is assembling and sharing data and publishing visualizations about dozens of social movements that have influenced American life and politics during the 20th century, including radical movements, civil rights movements, labor movements, women's movements, and more. The data come from many sources. We develop some from printed and archival sources, but contributions are critical. Scholars are contributing datasets that were previously used in books and articles. We are also repurposing data that have been archived with ICPSR and other venues. Please contact us if you have ideas or data to share.

This project works closely with the Networked Labor project at UCLA directed by Prof. Tobias Higbie.

Other contributors to date include:

  • Tyler Babbie (University of Washington, English)
  • Peter Cole (Western Illinois University, History)
  • Lauren Coodley (independent scholar)
  • Susan Glenn (University of Washington, History)
  • Aaron Goings (St. Martins University, History)
  • David Marquis (College of William and Mary, History PhD candidate)
  • Doug McAdam, (Stanford University, Sociology)
  • Steven Parfitt (University of Nottingham, History)
  • Jack Ross (independent scholar)
  • Errol Stevens (independent scholar)
  • Randi Storch (SUNY Cortland, History)
  • Stephen R. Thornton (independent scholar)
  • Devra Weber (University of California, Riverside)
  • Kenyon Zimmer (University of Texas, Arlington, History)

Archived datasets:

  • United States Historical Election Returns, 1824-1968 [Computer File]. ICPSR00001-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999-04-26. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00001.v3
  • Dynamics of Collective Action in the U.S, 1960-1995. Stanford University: Susan Olzak, Doug McAdam, John McCarthy, Sarah Soule. http://web.stanford.edu/group/collectiveaction/cgi-bin/drupal/

Research Associates

  • Josue Estrada
  • Rebecca Flores
  • Arianne Hermida
  • Katie Anastas

Technology Advisor

  • Jason Lee Grills

Student contributors:

Nick Bragg Michael Hanley Christopher Mulcahey
Alison Cheung Oliver Janders Danielle Simmons
Morgan Cottle Michael Kirkman  


Related Projects

Three free-standing websites are part of the Mapping American Social Movements project:

Mapping American Social Movements joins the collection of Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects based at the University of Washington under the direction of Professor James Gregory.

News and blog articles about the Project

When Socialists Won Elections (and Where), by James Gregory, LaborOnline, May 5, 2016; republished History News Network, May 5, 2016

Maps Track the Spread of US Social Movements, by Peter Kelley, Futurity (December 16, 2015)

History Meets Geography: James Gregory's Collaborative Digital Project Tracks Key 20th Century Social Movements, by Peter Kelley, UW today (December 15, 2015)

Mapping the IWW, by James Gregory, LaborOnline (November 7, 2015)

Mapping American Radicalism with Historian James Gregory (Video), by Jonathan Hiskes, Simpson Center for Humanities website (July 31, 2015)

"UW professor and undergraduates research radical labor union"  by Katie Anastas, The Daily (May 21, 2015)

Copyright and Citation

These materials are for educational purposes only. Commercial use is not allowed. Everything on these websites is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and the Universal Copyright Convention. Maps, charts, photos, drawings, documents, maps, timelines, reports, and articles are the property of the donors, authors, or the project and may not be reproduced except for classroom use as specified below. If any copyright owner objects to the use of any work appearing in these pages, notify us and we will promptly remove it.


Teachers and students are granted permission to print materials from these sites provided that the Mapping American Social Movements Project is properly credited. Otherwise, nothing on these sites may be reproduced without the written permission of the director. Scholars may freely use information and quote materials with proper citations. These are educational, non-commercial sites. All materials on these pages (including all texts, images, descriptions, etc.) are for the personal and educational use of scholars, students, and the public. Any commercial use or publication of them without authorization is strictly prohibited.

Citing these pages:

Scholars may freely use information and quote materials but must credit the specific project (e.g. "The IWW History Project,") as well as the author, title, and web address. Here is the recommended citation form:

      • Author if available, article or page title, Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century. Retrieved (date you retrieved the information) from http://depts.washington.edu/moves/ (add the complete URL for the specific page).


c/o Professor James Gregory
History Department
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3560