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ENGL 3340: African American Literature (Dubek): Historical Resources

Resources for researching (1) the text Twilight, Los Angeles 1992; (2) the Rodney King beating and Los Angeles Riots in 1992; (3) other racially charged events in history.

Racial Riots


Be flexible with your keywords.  Expand on the word riot (synonyms) and try using keywords describing the instigation of the riot. For example:  personal name or an event associated with the riot


Suggestion for Primary Sources

Check the public library websites located in the city/county/state where the riot occurred.  Public libraries and state archives often collect digital photographs, newspaper articles, interviews, and audio/video recordings covering historic events within their geographic area.  Call or email the public library closest to the riot area for further information.

Some Primary Sources