This new addition to the Perspectives on Modern World History series explores many aspects of the Columbine school shootings in April, 1999. Topics covered include the historical and cultural background leading up to and following the event; the issues surrounding Columbine, such as the role of bullying at the high school; the shootings as a symbol of a greater culture of violence; and the impact of gun laws on the accessibility of weapons for senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Personal narratives from people touched by the Columbine shootings, including Columbine high school seniors writing about the impact of the event on their lives and a journalist looking back at the event he covered ten years earlier, are featured in the text.
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