Rage in the Streets: A History of American Riots

Rage in the Streets: A History of American Riots

by Jules Archer, Kathleen Krull

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Why do people riot?

From the Boston Massacre in 1770 to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, mob violence in the United States is often sparked by unjust court decisions, unfair taxes, unpopular wars, the fear of unemployment, and racial and ethnic prejudice. But there are also seemingly senseless riots over wild concerts and sports championships. What causes a peacefully assembled crowd to turn into a mindless, violent mob? What causes a police force or militia to lose control?

In this timely, comprehensive overview, Jules Archer describes and explains the causes of mob violence in the United States and suggests that unless we make some basic changes in the nature of our society, the despair and rage that ignite mob violence may always be with us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634506212
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Jules Archer History for Young Readers Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jules Archer was one of the most respected names in nonfiction for young people. During his lifetime he published more than seventy books, which have been translated into twelve languages throughout the world. He lived in Scotts Valley, California, until his death in 2008.

Kathleen Krull left her career as an editor in 1984 to turn to writing, most recently the Women Who Broke the Rules series. Her more than sixty books have garnered starred reviews and awards, and the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, honored her with its Nonfiction Award for her body of work that "has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children." She lives in San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

Mobs Driven by Passion 3

The Psychology of Mobs 4

"The Cost of Neglect of the Last Twenty-Five Years" 5

1 When Court Decisions Trigger Violence 9

"A Little Rebellion Now and Then" 11

"Get a Rope! Lynch Her!" 13

School Buses Dynamited 16

The Rodney King Case 17

"The City Went Wild" 19

"We Are Sitting on a Powder Keg" 21

Operation Rescue 24

2 When Intolerance Leads to Violence 27

"Down with the Convent!" 28

The Convent Is Stormed 29

"A Base and Cowardly Act" 30

Persecuting the Chinese 32

Barring Chinese Immigration 34

"Murdered by a Mob" 36

"Hang the Jew!" 37

Wartime Hysteria 39

The Palmer Raid Riots 41

3 When Racial Prejudice Creates Violence 45

"They're Going to Hang Him!" 47

When Enslaved Blacks Rioted 48

The Klu Klux Klan 50

Race Riots in the North 51

Chicago Beaches-Blacks Keep Out! 52

Racial Hatred and Lynchings 54

The Zoot-Suit Riots 54

Detroit's "Bloody Week" 55

Lynching African American Veterans 57

The Freedom Riders Risk Their Lives 59

"Racism in the First Degree" 61

4 When Americans Fear Losing Their Jobs 65

"Fight Violence With Violence!" 67

Riots of the Great Depression 70

The Struggle to Organize Unions 73

The Company Guards Riot at Republic Steel 74

5 When Police Turn Violent 79

"Kill! Kill! Kill!" 81

Police Riots Against Colorado Miners 82

"The Whole World Is Watching!" 84

"A Police Riot" 87

6 When Taxes Become Oppressive 91

Sam Adams, Master Rabble-Rouser 93

"Boston Harbor a Teapot Tonight!" 95

The Whiskey Rebellion 97

Farmer Riots 99

7 When Americans Clash over War 105

"No Draft! No Draft!" 106

"As Hounds Would Chase a Fox" 109

Attacks against Protesters 111

"No Military on Campus!" 113

Universities Protest the Kent State Murders 114

"Get the Traitors!" 116

8 When Despair Breeds Violence 119

After the Civil War 120

Veterans March on Washington 123

The President Wants Them Out 125

President Hoover Orders the Army to Attack 127

The Army Drives the Veterans Out 130

The Newark Six-Day Riot 133

Detroit: "It Looked Like the City Had Been Bombed" 134

"Why Is There a Violence of Despair?" 135

"Were We Becoming Conditioned to Violence?" 136

Student Riots 139

The Weathermen: "Days of Rage" 141

9 Other Causes of Riots 145

Two Thousand Lynchings 146

Mobs in the White House 146

Rumors and Mobs 147

"Martian Invaders" 148

Rock Concerts and Mob Violence 150

Sports Events and Mob Violence 151

Mob Violence and the Movies 153

Election Riots 154

10 What Does Mob Violence Accomplish? 157

Scapegoats 158

When Promises to Groups Are Broken 160

About the Author 163

Bibliography and Recommended Reading 165

Index 171

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