This morning on the other side of the Atlantic, I woke up early in preparation for a seminar on William Otter, whose History of My Own Times closes the list of our readings in my Revolutionary America class. Essentially, Otter was a brawling, violent, white man in the 1800s, living variously in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He jumped from job to job while engaging in various aggressive “sprees” against African Americans, Irishmen, and anyone else who seemed a likely candidate before becoming a burgess of Emmitsburg, Maryland. And instead of getting up to prep this morning, I remained in bed, glued to the #BaltimoreUprising and #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on Twitter, as, I’m sure, were many of you during the late hours of the night. During times like these, it’s part of our jobs as historians to acknowledge that different types of violence have specific meanings that change over time. And so Juntoists have compiled a bibliography for our mutual education.
This is a hastily-compiled, incomplete list. Please add additions in the comments.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2012.
Allison, Robert J. The Boston Massacre. Beverly, MA: NE Remembers, 2006.
Anthony, Kaye E. “Neighborhoods and Nat Turner: The Making of a Slave Rebel and the Unmaking of a Slave Rebellion,” Journal of the Early Republic 27, no. 4 (Winter 2007): 705-20.
Aptheker, Herbert. American Negro Slave Revolts. New York: International Publishers, 1969.
Bohstedt, John. Riots and Community Politics in England and Wales, 1790-1810. Cambridge, Mass., 1983.
———. The Politics of Provisions: Food Riots, Moral Economy, and Market Transition in England, c. 1550-1850. Surrey, UK, 2010.
Bouton, Cynthia A. The Flour War: Gender, Class, and Community in Late Ancien Régime French Society. University Park, PA, 1993.
Boyle, Kevin. Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2004.
Brown, Christopher Leslie, and Morgan, Philip D., eds. Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006.
Davidson, James West. “They Say”: Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race. Oxford University Press, 2008.
Dennis, Matthew, Simon P. Newman, and William Pencak. Crowds and Celebrations: Riot, Rough Music, and Revelry in Early America. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.
Egerton, Douglas R. Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. New York: Grove Press, 2008.
Feagin, Joe. Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression. London: Routledge, 2006.
Feldberg, Michael. The Turbulent Era: Riot and Disorder in Jacksonian America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
Frederickson, George. The Arrogance of Race: Historical Perspectives on Racism, Slavery, and Social Inequality. Wesleyan University Press, 1989.
Freund, David. Colored Property: State Policy & White Racial Politics in Suburban America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Frey, Sylvia R. Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
Genovese, Eugene D. From Rebellion to Revolution: Afro-American Slave Revolts in the Making of the Modern World. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979.
Gilje, Paul A. The Road to Mobocracy: Popular Disorder in New York City, 1763-1834. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987.
———. Rioting in America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.
Griffin, Patrick, Ingram, Robert G., Onuf, Peter S, and Schoen, Brian Schoen, eds. Between Sovereignty and Anarchy. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.
Hirsch, James S. Riot and Remembrance: America’s Worst Race Riot and Its Legacy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002.
Hoerder, Dirk. Crowd Action in Revolutionary Massachusetts, 1765-1780. New York: Academic Press, 1977.
James, C.L.R. A History of Negro Revolt. Research Associates School Times Publications, 1991.
———. Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Overture and the Haitian Revolution. New York: Vintage, 1989.
Jones, Howard. Mutiny on the Amsted: the Saga of a Slave Revolt and its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy. New York: Oxford, 1997.
Klooster, Wim. “Slave Revolts, Royal Justice, and a Ubiquitous Rumor in the Age of Revolutions,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 71, no. 3 (July 2014): 401-24.
Lassiter, Matthew D. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.
Lee, Wayne E. Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.
Liebmann, Matthew. Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico. Arizona: University of Arizona Press, 2012.
Maier, Pauline. “Popular Uprisings and Civil Authority in Eighteenth-Century America,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 27, no. 1 (Jan. 1970): 3-35.
McConville, Brendan. These Daring Disturbers of the Public Peace: The Struggle for Property and Power in Early New Jersey. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.
Muhammad, Khalil. The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Harvard University Press, 2011.
Pencak, William, Newman, Simon, and Dennis, Matthew, eds. Riot and Revelry in Early America. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.
Price, Richard. Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
Pybus, Cassandra. Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and their Global Quest for Liberty. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.
Richards, Leonard L. Gentlemen of Property and Standing; Anti-Abolition Mobs in Jacksonian America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.
Rockman, Seth. “Mobtown U.S.A.: Baltimore,” Common-Place, 3, no. 4 (July 2003). Available online: http://www.common-place.org/vol-03/no-04/baltimore/
———. Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Roediger, David. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. Verso, 1991.
Sidbury, James. Ploughshares into Swords: Race, Rebellion, and Identity in Gabriel’s Virginia, 1730-1810. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Smith, Barbara Clark. “Food Rioters and the American Revolution,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 51, no. 1 (Jan. 1994): 3-38.
Sugrue, Thomas J. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Taylor, Alan. Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990.
Thompson, E. P. “The Moral Economy of the English Crowd in the Eighteenth Century,” Past & Present, no. 50 (Feb. 1971): 76-136
Tilly, Louise A. “The Food Riot as a Form of Political Conflict in France,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 2, no. 1 (Summer 1971): 23-57.
Young, Alfred F., ed., The American Revolution: Explorations in the History of American Radicalism. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1976.
 Richard B. Stott, ed., History of My Own Times, or, the Life and Adventures of William Otter, Sen. Comprising a Series of Events, and Musical Incidents Altogether Original (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995).