History | Politics in the Street: Rioting in U.S. History
A300 | 15556 | Bennett


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only

This course will explore how ordinary people used rioting and other
forms of public violence to express their views as citizens of the
United States. This class will focus on some key questions: Does
violence matter in history? Who riots? Who decides if an event is
a “riot” or not? Are riots planned or spontaneous? Protestors and
rioters of all classes used public events to work out their most
important ideas about daily social interaction, their relationship
to the government and business institutions, and their citizenship
in the United States.

The class will help students learn to think historically, to
understand how the past influences the present and the future, to
examine and interpret primary documents and images, and to present
ideas clearly.

There is one required text for the course: Paul A. Gilje, "Rioting
in America" (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999). All other
readings will be available on the OnCourse website. Students will be
evaluated based on three exams, in-class writing assignments, one
longer essay, and active class participation.