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NCJ Number: 77673 Find in a Library
Title: Riot Makers
Corporate Author: RM, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1971
Sponsoring Agency: National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
Alexandria, VA 22314-3490
RM, Inc

US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the book, 'The Riot Makers,' written by Eugene Methvin, this film traces the history of civil disturbance, with attention to those who manipulate violence and destruction, from the Roman period through civil unrest of 1964-68 in the United States.
Abstract: The film illustrates how such riot makers as Vladimir Lenin, who stated that mass movements must be artificially created, influenced agitators during the 1960's. It terms modern day activists 'leninoids' or graduates in social demolition and argues that Rennie Davis, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, H. Rap Brown, and other agitators have been studying the tactics of Lenin and Hitler. The tactics of these 1960's agitators included targeting specific groups for recruitment in urban areas (the poor) and on college campuses, where their aim was to monopolize student expression, create a climate of hostility, and incite crowds to riot. The film depicts the manipulation of urban discontent in Newark, N.J., and other civil disturbances of the 1960's by using actual footage made by the news media and other sources. The film is designed to aid law enforcement personnel who are largely unfamiliar with the phenomena of violent social unrest.
Index Term(s): Civil disorders; Collective violence; Crowd behavior; Films; Outside agitators; Riot causes; Student dissent
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