There seems to be some fear that political violence in America has reached new heights and is a harbinger of a greater conflict to come. Are political battles in the streets like we witnessed in Berkeley, California a new phenomenon? Have we entered a new phase in America?
Not even close. From about the 1890s though the 1930s political and labor violence in the streets of America was far worse than it is today and took the form of intimindation riots, murder and hundreds of deaths.
Buildings were burned, police were killed, the Army was often deployed.
To get a feel for this violence, here is an overview of violence in the streets in the 1930s.