REVOLTING NEW YORK

How 400 Years of Riot, Re­bel­lion, Up­ris­ing, and Rev­o­lu­tion Shaped a City

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Don Mitchell (Edi­tor), Neil Smith (Edi­tor) Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Press (APRIL) Soft­cover $29.95 (368pp), 978-0-8203-5282-4

The city that never sleeps, New York made good use of those ex­tra wak­ing hours to cre­ate an in­com­pa­ra­ble nightlife scene—the­aters, restau­rants, night­clubs—as well as nur­ture a cit­i­zen­ship that oc­ca­sion­ally goes off the rails—protests, mobs, ri­ots, re­bel­lions—which isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing when you’re try­ing to root out cor­rup­tion, make a state­ment about un­fair la­bor laws, or draw some at­ten­tion to demo­cratic ideals gone wrong.

Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Re­bel­lion, Up­ris­ing, and Rev­o­lu­tion Shaped a City of­fers an ex­tra­or­di­nary chronol­ogy of the Big Ap­ple’s will­ing­ness to fight for, well, just about any­thing, from Mun­see In­dian at­tacks on Dutch set­tlers in 1655 to slave re­volts in 1712 to an­tiabo­li­tion­ist, flour, and mil­i­tary-draft ri­ots in the mid 1800s to la­bor and com­mu­nist un­rest and all man­ner of rab­ble rous­ing through­out the last hun­dred years up to Oc­cupy Wall Street, Black Lives Mat­ter, and early Trump protests. In all, nearly fifty in­ci­dents are pro­filed in this his­tory of “New York’s evo­lu­tion through rev­o­lu­tion.”

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