Rage in the Streets

A History of American Riots

Foreword by Kathleen Krull
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About The Book

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.

Raves and Reviews

"The nature of various sparks to violence—religious, governmental, prejudicial—suggests that we Americans can be a miserable lot. Archer dedicates the book to his granddaughters, who might, if we’re lucky, benefit from the remedies he proposes."
—Kirkus Reviews

"A subject not routinely covered in books for young people receives some timely, close-up attention by a respected chronicler of modern history and politics."
—Booklist

"Clear, concise, and will hold readers' interest. In addition, it will be a valuable supplement to history and sociology curriculums."
—School Library Journal

"A good beginning for students researching mob violence in America."
—The Book Report

"Well researched and includes historical and contemporary causes and contexts of riots and mob action."
—Social Education

"Absorbing history....this is an honest look at how easily violence may erupt and a crowd turn deadly."
—Journal of Reading

"The nature of various sparks to violence—religious, governmental, prejudicial—suggests that we Americans can be a miserable lot. Archer dedicates the book to his granddaughters, who might, if we’re lucky, benefit from the remedies he proposes."
—Kirkus Reviews

"A subject not routinely covered in books for young people receives some timely, close-up attention by a respected chronicler of modern history and politics."
—Booklist

"Clear, concise, and will hold readers' interest. In addition, it will be a valuable supplement to history and sociology curriculums."
—School Library Journal

"A good beginning for students researching mob violence in America."
—The Book Report

"Well researched and includes historical and contemporary causes and contexts of riots and mob action."
—Social Education

"Absorbing history....this is an honest look at how easily violence may erupt and a crowd turn deadly."
—Journal of Reading

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