A riot is a violent act committed by a mob of people in retaliation to a perceived injustice – a form civil disobedience that gets out of hand. The recent riots in Baltimore, Maryland are part of a long list of riots that have occurred in our country’s history. Many started because of racial tensions, but many occurred for various other reasons.
Here are a few examples of the most notorious ones.
- Watts Riots of 1965
- Rodney King riots of 1992
- Attica Prison riots of 1971
- Chicago Race riots of 1919
- Zoot Suit riots of 1943
- Southern Bread Riots of 1863
- Bleeding Kansas Riots of 1854
- New York City Draft Riots of 1863
All of these are covered in the Gale Database called Disasters and Tragic Events. View these sample articles by clicking on the lines above and then entering your library card number.
You will find that each event is described in a one-or two-page synopsis. Many of the articles are illustrated with newspaper etchings, drawings or photographs of the time. References are listed at the end of the article. Links to related stories are also provided.