While it may seem like Occupy Wall Street is unique in its approach to protesting, according to Gary Gerstle, a Vanderbilt professor of American history and social movements, the OWS movement is similar to the protests that occurred during the Great Depression. Capitalism had developed rapidly, creating a huge rift between classes, which exacerbated the split between rich and poor. Today there is another huge rift appearing between the rich and the poor, between the 1% and the 99%. However, Gerstle makes the point that the major difference between now and the 1930s is the “relative lack of protest.” According to Gerstle, during the Great Depression, people were flooding the streets, raising their concerns. However, today, there seems to be a lack of people flooding the streets everywhere. Most of the movements today happen in the large cities in the country, like New York, Washington, and Seattle, but in the 1930s, people were protesting everywhere. However, what the people during the Great Depression didn’t have was the power of the Internet. Maybe that is what will separate the OWS movement from the past protests in American history.