Violence in America
The United States, while considered one of the world's
most stable representative democracies, is a nation that
has endured its share of politically-motivated violence.
From the riots and protests that helped bring about the
American Revolution, to the violence and killings in the
years leading up to the American Civil War, on through to
the turmoil of the 1960s, American political life has
always had a significant amount of violence as a
constrant thread running through the fabric of American
Below are links and resources
on this issue.
or Sarah Palin: What motivated Arizona shooting
suspect? --Christian Science Monitor
Stack Joins Other Domestic Terrorists on the Dark Side of
History--History Guy Commentary, posted Feb. 19,
Force on Political Violence and Terrorism--The
American Political Science Association
Violence in America--Maps and statitics on political
violence in America
violence common reaction to political change--Post
Political Violence in Modern America
Wars --Terry Newell, Huffington Post
Wolf: Leftist Hysteria About Political Violence in the
Violence in America--Mike Lux, Huffington Post
rising threat of political violence in America--Adam
Schwartzbaum's Blog: The In-Specter
Print Sources on
American Political Violence:
Abelmann, Nancy and John Lie 1995. Blue Dreams: Korean
Americans and the Los Angeles Riots. Cambridge: Harvard
Ayers, Edward L. 1984. Vengeance and Justice, Crime
and Punishment in the 19th Century American South. New
York: Oxford University Press.
Foner, Eric. 1988. Reconstruction: American's
Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. New York: Harper and
Green, Donald P., Dara Z. Strolovitch, and Janelle S.
Wong. 1998. "Defended Neighborhoods, Integration and
Racially Motivated Crime." American Journal of Sociology
104 (2): 372-403.
Graham, Hugh Davis. 1970. "The Paradox of American
Violence: A Historical Appraisal. " Annals of the
American Academy of Political and Social Science 391:
Litwack, Leon F. 1979. Been in the Storm So Long. New
York: Vintage Books.
O'Brien, Gail Williams. 1999. The color of the law:
race, violence, and justice in the post-World War II
South. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina
Olzak, Susan. 1992. The Dynamics of Ethnic Competition
and Conflict. Stanford, CA: Stanford University
Pinderhughes, Howard. 1993. "The Anatomy of Racially
Motivated Violence in New York City: A Case Study of
Youth in Southern Brooklyn." Social Problems 40 (4):
"Racial Violence against Asian Americans." 1993.
Harvard Law Review 106(8): 1926-1943.
Rubinowitz, Leonard S. and Imani Perry. 2002. "Crimes
Without Punishment: White Neighbors' Resistance to Black
Entry." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
The Southern Poverty Law Center. 1987. "Move-in"
Violence: White Resistance to Neighborhood Integration in
Sugrue, Thomas J. 1996. The Origins of Urban Crisis,
Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton, NJ:
Princeton University Press.
Werner, John M. 1986. Reaping the bloody harvest: race
riots in the United States during the age of Jackson,
1824-1849. New York: Taylor & Francis.