Worst Riots in U.S. History by death toll.

100 – New York Draft Riots (New York City, 1863)

53 – Los Angeles riots (1992)

43 – Attica Prison riots (New York, 1971)

39+ – Tulsa Race Riot, (Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921)

34 – Watts Riot (Los Angeles, 1965)

20 – Ludlow Massacre (Ludlow, Colorado, 1914)

5 – Greensboro massacre (Greensboro, North Carolina, 1979)

4 – Kent State shootings (Kent, Ohio, 1970)

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9 Responses to “Worst Riots in U.S. History by death toll.”

  1. Katy Says:

    What about the Baltimore Civil War riot which resulted in four dead soliders and 12 dead civilians? April 19, 1861, and they are sometimes considered the first bloodshed of the American Civil War. Union troops, versus Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore, ultimately leading to the riot, and eventual martial law being declared upon the state.

  2. brad Says:

    What about the 1967 Detroit riot where 43 died?

  3. JD Says:

    What about the nationwide workers strike in 1877? It is considered one of the most violent riots in our nations history.

  4. George Says:

    Did you not forget or no of the 1917 race riot in East St Louis, Illinois….
    conservative number killed at 47. Ironically on July 4th.

  5. Terry Says:

    What about the West Virginia Coal Miners Uprising, i.e. The Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921?

  6. SGT ROY E.PAYNE Says:

    EAST ST LOUIS RACE RIOT OCCURRED ON JULY 2,1917,WITH AT LEAST 39 BLACKS AND 8 WHITES KILLED.

  7. Reuben Says:

    What about the riots in Greenwood 1921 Tulsa, OK where a white mob burned down the city resulting in 300 dead, 10,000 homeless and 1 mass grave.

  8. leroy Says:

    Thanks, Alyson! Great reminder of what we need to be doing and when!

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