September 19, 1880

The term “boycotting”- a form of non-violent protesting – entered the English language on this day in 1880. Coined by Charles Stewart Parnell in his speech on land tenants at Ennis, he said, “I wish to point out a better way, a more Christian way which will give the lost man an opportunity of repenting. When a man takes a farm from which another has been evicted, you must shun him on the roadside, on the streets, in the shop and even in the place of worship by putting him in a ‘moral Coventry.’ You must show him your detestation of the crime he has committed.”

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