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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 politics.

Below are links and resources on this issue.

Nihilism or Sarah Palin: What motivated Arizona shooting suspect? --Christian Science Monitor

Joe Stack Joins Other Domestic Terrorists on the Dark Side of History--History Guy Commentary, posted Feb. 19, 2010

Task Force on Political Violence and Terrorism--The American Political Science Association

Political Violence in America--Maps and statitics on political violence in America

Threats, violence common reaction to political change--Post Gazette.com

Commentary on Political Violence in Modern America

"Civil" Wars --Terry Newell, Huffington Post

Crying Wolf: Leftist Hysteria About Political Violence in the U.S.--2nd Thoughts

Political Violence in America--Mike Lux, Huffington Post

The 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 University Press.

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 Row.

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: 74-82.

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 Press.

Olzak, Susan. 1992. The Dynamics of Ethnic Competition and Conflict. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

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): 478-492.

"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 92:335-427.

The Southern Poverty Law Center. 1987. "Move-in" Violence: White Resistance to Neighborhood Integration in the 1980s.

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.

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