Why do you think domestic terrorists exist in society?

5-6 paragraphs


Terrorism in the United States has a history dating from Colonial America (Boston Tea Party) to contemporary militia groups and organized gangs. From the Ku Klux Klan to Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing, U.S. domestic terrorism has significantly evolved throughout the decades. You will discuss the evolution or changing dynamics of domestic terrorism, primarily from after the Civil War through to modern times.

Assignment Guidelines

  • In 5–6 paragraphs, address the following:
    • Why do you think domestic terrorists exist in society? Explain.
      • Do you think various triggers drive them to extremism, or are they slowly conditioned throughout their lives? Explain.
    • What reasons might domestic terrorists have for planning and executing their acts of violence? Explain.
    • Do you think that domestic terrorists are more of the loner type, or do they most likely operate in terrorist groups or cells? Explain your reasoning.
    • Do you feel that domestic terrorist attacks are more effective at instilling fear than attacks executed by international entities? Why or why not?
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