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The Tattooed Soldier

Héctor Tobar                                                                                                         

a picture of 1992 Los Angeles Riots Aftermath  

1992 Los Angeles Riots

“Anyone could be caught in the crossfire of the war of the painted children.” (p. 201)

Critical Thinking and Discussion Questions

  • The Los Angeles Riots of 1992 caused 52 deaths, 2,500 injuries and over $400 million in damage. Why do people riot?
  • Are riots a function of community structure, of poverty, or of ethnic diversity?  
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Alan-Williams, Gregory. (1994). A gathering of heroes: reflections on rage and responsibility: a memoir of the Los Angeles riots. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers. F869.L89 N4 1994

Delk, James D. (1995). Fires and furies: the L.A. riots, what really happened. Palm Springs, CA: ETC Publications. F869.L857 D45 1995

Hazen, Don (Ed.). (1992). Inside the L.A. riots: what really happened, and why it will happen again: essays and articles. New York: Institute for Alternative Journalism. F869. L857 I5 1992

Los Angeles Times Staff. (1992). Understanding the riots: Los Angeles before and after the Rodney King case. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times. F869.L89 N4

Madhubuti, Haki R. (1993). Why L.A. happened: implications of the Â’92 Los Angeles rebellion. Chicago: Third World Press. F869.L857 W58 1993

Smith, Anna Deavere. (1992). Twilight: Los Angeles. New York: Anchor Books, 1994. PS3569.M465 T95 1994

Tervalon, Jervey (Ed.). (2002). Geography of rage: remembering the Los Angeles riots of 1992. Los Angeles: Really Great Books. F869.L89 A2577 2002

Videos / DVDs
Available at the Library Media Center, Library North 3rd Fl.

Holland, Randy. The fire this time. FLIC87804
An examination of conditions in inner city Los Angeles leading to violence and rioting in the past.

Web Resources

British Broadcasting Corporation. BBC On This Day – Stories from April 29, 1992.

CNN. Los Angeles Riot still echoes a decade later– CNN Archives.

Loyola Marymount University, Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles. 2007 Los Angeles Riots: 15th anniversary resident follow-up survey report.


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