Ann Collins, Ph.D.

McKendree University

Country: United States (Illinois)

Research Interests

Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Political Violence


Collective Violence

Countries of Interest

United States


Books Written:

(2018) "The Dawn Broke Hot and Somber": U.S. Race Riots of 1964, Praeger

As the end of the second decade of the 21st century approaches, America seems on the verge of widespread civil unrest due to what is perceived to be consistent injustices against people of color, both in terms of lack of opportunity to improve their socioeconomic status and their treatment at the hands of law enforcement. Similar race-based resentment and anger swept the nation half a century ago. Can the United States avoid a repeat of the past? The Dawn Broke Hot and Somber: U.S. Race Riots of 1964 fills a crucial gap in racial collective violence literature, examining the changing nature of riots in the United States and identifying the conditions and factors that led to the anger and frustration that resulted in riots in July and August of 1964. Through its careful evaluation of specific riots in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, this book shows how cultural and economic changes intersected with political circumstances to shape human actions. Readers will understand the effects that the riots had on the major political and economic issues of 1964, such as the implementation of the Civil Rights Act and the War on Poverty as well as the events of and the outcome of the presidential election between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater. The book also analyzes the actions taken by local, state, and federal officials to try to understand and quell the violence and considers the racial unrest that followed these riots in the later years of the 1960s and beyond.

(2012) "All Hell Broke Loose": American Race Riots from the Progressive Era through World War II, Praeger

Over 50 white-on-black race riots erupted in the United States between 1898 and 1945; at least 25 race riots occurred in 1919 alone. And while it would be convenient to believe that the race riots that happened in the first half of the 20th century in America were confined to a single geographic region, in actuality, they occurred throughout the country. While racially motivated riot violence certainly existed in the United States both before and after the Progressive Era through World War II, a thorough account of race riots during this particular time span has never been published. All Hell Broke Loose fills a long-neglected gap in the literature by addressing a dark and embarrassing time in our country's history—one that warrants continued study in light of how race relations continue to play an enormous role in the social fabric of our nation. Author Ann V. Collins identifies and evaluates the existing conditions and contributing factors that sparked the race riots during the period spanning the Progressive Era through World War II throughout America. Through the lens of specific riots, Collins provides an overarching analysis of how cultural factors and economic change intersected with political influences to shape human actions—on both individual and group levels.

Media Appearances:

Radio Appearances:

(2011) Let's Talk About It, 880 AM, Miami, Florida

"Can We Build a Better Tomorrow? Afterthoughts on Their Riots and Our Economy"

Newspaper Quotes:

(2018) Lebanon Advertiser

"McKendree students study local government"

(2017) Belleville News-Democrat

"Local educators try to personalize teachings about race riots in East St. Louis"

(2017) O'Fallon Progress

"Someone You Should Know: O'Fallon poli-sci professor wants students to listen to each other, get involved"

(2015) The Daily Dot

"How the Internet reacts when white people riot"

(2014) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"People continue to be 'mad, mad, mad' says an expert who studies American race riots"