In the introduction to Paul Gilje’s Rioting in America, he explained that we sho
In the introduction to Paul Gilje’s Rioting in America, he explained that we should study riots “because riots are there.” Indeed, Gilje notes that riots were central to the American Revolution. Yet, mobs, crowds, and rioters usually carry a negative connotation and are often downplayed in popular understandings of the Revolution. In 900 to 1,100 words, you will synthesize the readings from the first two weeks in order to answer the following questions about the theory behind riots. What is a riot? How do scholars discuss the people who take part in a crowd? Do scholars see riots as orderly or disorderly? Do scholars think riots are useful or harmful to society?
Make sure to answer all of the questions in your essay. Re-read and spellcheck your essay before submission. [I find that reading out loud helps catch grammatical errors and/or odd phrases and generally improves my finished work.] Note that when you using the work of a scholar to make a point or are quoting them, make sure you cite their work in your paper. You do not need to cite your original ideas, but you do need to cite ideas from others. For example, if you are quoting Suzanne Desan’s article or you are bringing up a point that she made, you must cite it in the text after your sentence. (Desan, 47) This lets me know that you are properly attributing Desan’s ideas to Desan.