I'm a young guy, so my historical perspective is not that great, hence I was wondering if some of you older people could shed some light on this question I have. What I want to know is if currently American socieity seems more calm than it has been in the memorable past. From my knoweldge of history (which is all recently aquired, and from limited sources, and therefore very likely to be wrong), it seems that there has generally been alot more strife, misfortune and disenfranchisement in general than there has been in my memorable lifetime. When was the last time there was even a big riot in any American city; was it the L.A. riots in 1992? Just from general impression, it seems that one the economic boom of the 90's got under way, that American society has been really peaceful and orderly in general (save the oklahoma city bombing). There have been lots of massive protests in relation to recent political events (something like half a million people marched through NYC to protest Bush this august), and yet even with all these huge protests, there really wasn't much violence or property damage or anything that one generally attributes to large angry crowds of people.