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the level of militance varied significantly among the abolitionist groups
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly every artist had a go at exalting Zapata for his deep rootedness in native soil as well as for his dashing militance. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Lasting Influence of Mexico’s Great Muralists," 24 Feb. 2020 That militance was frowned upon by Isaacson and others who favored a civilized political approach., "Senator David H. Locke, a Wellesley Republican, called the bill “the opening salvo in the gays’ march to social acceptance and approval of their chosen lifestyle” and predicted it would lead to legislation “permitting men to marry men and women to wed women.”," 26 Dec. 2019 Love shows up, even in power struggles where Queen’s militance clashes with Slim’s attempts at being level headed. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "'Queen & Slim' Is The Black Love Story We Needed," 3 Dec. 2019 The Great Depression and America’s 1941 entry into WWII posed some complicated challenges to this legacy, as labor militance took a back seat at times of national emergency. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Next Big Labor Strike Hits Oregon," 27 Sep. 2019 Those in safe districts, where Obamacare was especially unpopular, used their militance to highlight their die-hard opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Here’s why it doesn’t.," 22 Jan. 2018 And the Bundys also became symbols of law enforcement failure, as prosecutors, through multiple trials, failed for the most part to convince juries that the family members and their followers, beyond their armed militance, were criminals. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Charges Against Bundys in Ranch Standoff Case Are Dismissed," 8 Jan. 2018 He and Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein’s president, reportedly concluded in the early 1990s that militance was not advancing their aims. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Martin McGuinness, an I.R.A. Leader Turned Peacemaker, Dies at 66," 21 Mar. 2017 Instead, the focus of the trial was Woodfox’s militance, though his views had softened. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary," 16 Jan. 2017

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Militance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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