Synopses & Reviews
Why do people riot?
From the Boston Massacre in 1770 to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, the causes of mob violence in the United States are 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.
"The nature of various sparks to violenceand#151;religious, governmental, prejudicialand#151;suggests that we Americans can be a miserable lot. Archer dedicates the book to his granddaughters, who might, if weand#8217;re lucky, benefit from the remedies he proposes."
"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."
"Clear, concise, and will hold readers' interest. In addition, it will be a valuable supplement to history and sociology curriculums."
and#151;School Library Journal
"A good beginning for students researching mob violence in America."
and#151;The Book Report
"Well researched and includes historical and contemporary causes and contexts of riots and mob action."
"Absorbing history....this is an honest look at how easily violence may erupt and a crowd turn deadly."
and#151;Journal of Reading
About the Author
was one of the most respected names in nonfiction for young people. During his lifetime he published over seventy books, which have been translated into twelve languages throughout the world. He lived in Scotts Valley, California, until his death in 2008.