Political Violence in the United States, 1819-1968 (ICPSR 80)
Principal Investigator(s): Levy, Sheldon G.
The data contained in this study deal with incidents of political and social violence in the United States from 1819 to 1968. Three indices of political violence used are the number of violent events, the number of deaths resulting from the events, and the number of injuries resulting from the events. Data are provided on the date of the violent event, nature of the target, number of attackers, level of violence by individual attacker and by a group of attackers, respectively, motivation or reason for the attack, numbers of deaths and injuries to targeted individuals and to attackers, type of attacker, property damage, and number of pages in newspaper issue devoted to the event. The data were originally collected in connection with the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (established in 1968).
Levy, Sheldon G. Political Violence in the United States, 1819-1968. ICPSR00080-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00080.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00080.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: aggression, civil disorders, conflict, fatalities, injuries, internal political conflict, nineteenth century, political violence, social conflict, twentieth century
Geographic Coverage: United States
Universe: Violent events in the United States in the period 1819-1968.
Data Types: event/transaction data
Data Collection Notes:
See also the related data collection STUDY OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE ATTITUDES, PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH VIOLENCE, EMOTIONAL REACTIONS TO ASSASSINATION AND VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA, 1968 (ICPSR 7354).
Sample: Random sample.
(1) Washington (DC) National Intelligence, 1819-1850, and (2) NEW YORK TIMES, 1851-1968
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-03
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