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In May of 1713, hundreds of American colonists rioted in the Boston Commons over the high price of bread. The mob attacked ships, shot the lieutenant governor, and broke into buildings. Acts were subsequently passed prohibiting exports of grain in time of shortage, fixing grain and bread prices at more reasonable levels, and establishing a public granary.

In March of 1770, another group of American colonists, also in Boston, gathered to throw snowballs, rocks, and other small objects at local peacekeeping forces. In 1773, they rioted at local docks and destroyed huge amounts of government property. Public opinion on said local peacekeeping forces subsequently plummeted, leading to the American Revolution.

In 1855, in Chicago, a mob of immigrants rioted over the cost of a liquor license rising form $50 to $300 per year, a move seen as targeting German and Irish immigrants. The mayor who had passed the law raising the cost was turned out of office, and the ordinance was repealed.

In 1874, a group of unemployed working-class New Yorkers rioted in Tompkins Square. In 1877, riots related to the general railroad strike spread across the United States. In 1886, the Haymarket Riots occurred, which would lead to the creation of the May Day labour holiday. In 1912, striking lumber workers were involved in a confrontation with their lumber company and its supporters, leading to a riot. In 1913, there was a riot at a ranch in California which was experiencing a strike of agricultural workers; the riot was blamed on the Industrial Workers of the World. In 1915 twenty rioting strikers were shot by factory guards in New Jersey.

In 1935, sparked by rumors of the beating of a teenage black shoplifter, people living in Harlem, New York rioted. They also rioted in 1943, after a policeman shot and wounded a black U.S. Army soldier, and in 1964, after a black teenager was shot and killed by an NYPD lieutenant.

In 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, not far from where I live, LGBT Americans led largely by black and Hispanic transgender women and homeless youth spontaneously and violently rioted against police. They threw coins and rocks at police officers and proceeded to trap them in the Stonewall In, then threw garbage cans, garbage, bottles, rocks, and bricks at the building; additionally, they uprooted a parking meter and used it as a battering ram for the door. They lit garbage on fire and stuffed it through the broken windows. Participant Sylvia Rivera described it as “one of the greatest moments of my life.” It is largely considered to be the first gay pride parade, and is celebrated every year.

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