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Boston Riots: Three Centuries of Social Violence

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Tager, a history professor, explores the collective social violence commonly identified as the Boston riots, from the early food uprisings in the prerevoluntionary colonial era to the antibusing riots in the 1970s. He focuses on the players, motives, expectations, and failures. Generally this study reflects views, interests, and prejudices not often seen in U.S. history: riots over excessive charges for grain, reflecting anticapitalist views; the Pope Day riots, reflecting strong anti-Catholic bias; and abolition and draft riots, reflecting the racial biases of the Civil War era. Tager's final chapters, on the urban riots (1967 and 1968) and the antibusing riots (1974 through 1976), reflect similar responses to hopelessness and despair. Although the impetus for the urban riots duplicated, in many respects, issues that sparked past riots among the lower-class white ethnics, the antibusing riots demonstrated an inability to perceive class interests in lieu of race. Tager avoids judging the various social contexts that sparked the riots but recognizes a societal need to provide creative and productive outlets for the powerless who find violence an effective means to vent. Vernon Ford
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About the Author

JACK TAGER is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the coauthor of Massachusetts: A Concise History and coeditor of Historical Atlas of Massachusetts. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (November 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555534619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555534615
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,953,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on May 17, 2003
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I read Boston Riots, by Jack Tager, for my Modern Boston history class at UMass, and I enjoyed every moment of it. It might also have helped that Jack Tager was my professor for the course. I highly recommend his book.
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Professor Tager seems to think that a scuffle, fist fight, shoving match, or chanting constitutes a riot. In his book, BOSTON RIOTS, Prof. Tager is guilty of semantic manipulation as he redefines the word 'riot' to fit his politically correct neo-Marxist interpretation of Boston history. For example, I was personally involved in a few of the anti-forced busing demonstrations mentioned in 'Boston Riots' yet no riot of any kind broke out. Professor Tager writes myopically being unaffected and far away from his subject matter. He strangely omits the fact that some of the scuffles which broke out in front of my high school, South Boston High, were instigated by the Tactical Police Force (T.P.F.). It is a singular point in history that Boston has never had a riot.
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Boston Riots is great -- Professor Tager takes the cake as far as riot reading goes, stealing the thunder away from Jervey Tervalon's book Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992.
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