Read the essay, originally published on Capitalism Magazine, here. According to the publisher, each volume in the series opens with background information — including primary source material — covering periods leading up to, during and after the event. Then, each volume offers an in-depth perspective on the controversies surrounding the event and the current implications or long-lasting effects. Each volume concludes with first-person narratives from people who lived through or were directly impacted by the event.
Data from Eisenhower through George H. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners. Today, more issues cleave along partisan lines than at any point since surveys began to track public opinion. Beginning aroundhowever, they began to diverge.
And the gap has only grown wider since then: Democrats today are more than twice as likely as Republicans to say that immigrants strengthen the country.
Gun control has long been a partisan issue, with Democrats considerably more likely than Republicans to say it is more important to control gun ownership than protect gun rights. But what was a percentage-point gap between supporters of Obama and John McCain on this question in surged to a historic point gap between Clinton and Trump supporters in Climate change marks another area where the parties are deeply divided.
Wide partisan divides stretch from the causes and cures for climate change to trust in climate scientists and their research. This compares with more than half of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.
Americans felt disillusioned with the way Washington responded to the financial meltdown of Against a backdrop of global terrorism — including several attacks on American soil — Americans also became less confident in the ability of their government to handle threats.
Americans also had serious concerns about privacy, though the government was not the sole focus of skepticism in this respect. During the Obama years, Americans were highly skeptical their personal information would remain private and secure, regardless of whether it was the government or the private sector that collected it.
In a survey, fewer than one-in-ten Americans said they were very confident that each of 11 separate entities — ranging from credit card companies to email providers — would keep their records private and secure. Our place in the world Photo credit: In Germany, favorability of the U.
In the United Kingdom, confidence in the U.
The Obama bump was most dramatic in Western Europe, but was also evident in virtually every country surveyed between and Russian views of the U. Americans, meanwhile, have become less certain of their place in the world.
The share of Americans who say it would be better if the U. Roughly half of Americans say U. About half of Americans say the U. How we interact Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Smartphones and social media If demographic changes are slow, technological changes can be swift.
In the new millennium, major technology revolutions have occurred in broadband connectivity, social media use and mobile adoption. With the rise of Facebook, Twitter and other apps, social media use climbed to about three-quarters of online adults by Obama also helped usher in the rise of digital video in politics, sharing his weekly address through the White House YouTube channel.
How we get our news The rise of digital tools and social platforms has also helped bring about profound changes in the U. Americans today access information, get news and engage with politicians in new and different ways than in — a trend underscored by the political success of Trump, whose frequent use of Twitter to communicate directly with supporters and detractors was one of the defining narratives of his campaign to succeed Obama.
Inmore U. Cable TV, by contrast, remained among the most helpful sources for all other adults.
Inrelatively few Americans said they got their news through social media or via a smartphone or other mobile device. Bysix-in-ten Americans said they got their news through social media and seven-in-ten said they accessed it through a mobile device.
Print newspapers continued a long-term decline, with sharp cuts in newspaper staffing and a severe dip in average circulation. Newspaper editorial staff in the U. While television remains a major source of news for Americans, there are signs of change.
Viewership of local TV newscasts has been flat or declining for years, depending on the time of day.The Los Angeles Riots Though sparked by the Rodney King verdict, there were many other causes of the riots that erupted on the streets of Los Angeles on April 29, The Los Angeles riots in were devastating.
The Detroit riot, also known as the Detroit Rebellion or 12th Street riot was the bloodiest race riot in the "Long, hot summer of ".
Composed mainly of confrontations between black people and police, it began in the early morning hours of Sunday July 23, in Detroit, initiativeblog.com precipitating event was a police raid of an unlicensed, . The Watts riots, sometimes referred to as the Watts Rebellion, took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 16, On August 11, , Marquette Frye, an African-American motorist on parole for robbery, was pulled over for reckless driving.
A minor roadside argument broke out, and then escalated into a fight . Los Angeles: The City of Riots Home of the largest populated area in the United States with just over 4 million people; the city of Los Angeles is one of the most well known cities in the world.
It is home to many of the world greatest actors as well as the upper class of America. RACE AND RACIAL ATTITUDES A DECADE AFTER THE LOS ANGELES RIOTS MARA A. MARKS Loyola Marymount University MATT A. BARRETO University of California, Irvine NATHAN D. WOODS Welch Consulting A decade after the Los Angeles riots, half of residents surveyed report they anticipate race; ethnicity; riots; Los Angeles; public opinion.
My essay, “Remembering the Los Angeles Riots,” is reprinted with my permission in Cengage Learning’s Greenhaven Press textbook, The Los Angeles Riots (April ). Read the essay, originally published on Capitalism Magazine, here.