Against the Grain

New York City’s History of Revolt

While New York City may be the capital of wealth in America, the celebrated metropolis has been a locus of rebellion. From the revolt of the Native American Munsee against the Dutch, to slave uprisings, class and race riots, Stonewall, protests against the Republican National Convention, Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, and much more, New York City has exploded almost every decade for over 400 years. Geographer Don Mitchell discusses the history, and possible future, of rebellion in New York.


Neil Smith and Don Mitchell eds., Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City University of Georgia Press, 2018

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