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The Resource Fortress America : how we embraced fear and abandoned democracy, Elaine Tyler May

Fortress America : how we embraced fear and abandoned democracy, Elaine Tyler May

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Fortress America : how we embraced fear and abandoned democracy
Title
Fortress America
Title remainder
how we embraced fear and abandoned democracy
Statement of responsibility
Elaine Tyler May
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Fear has seeped into every area of American life: Americans own more guns than citizens of any other country, sequester themselves in barricaded houses and gated communities, and retreat from public spaces. And yet, since the 1990s crime rates have plummeted. Why then, are Americans so afraid? In Fortress America, award-winning historian Elaine Tyler May demonstrates how our obsession with security has made citizens fear each other and distrust the government, eroding American democracy. This trend is not merely an aftershock of 9/11--indeed, it dates back to the end of World War II. Cold War anxieties resulted in widespread nuclear panic. Officials encouraged Americans to build bunkers in their backyards and shun anyone they suspected of communist sympathies. In the 1960s and 1970s, Atomic Age anxieties gave way to misplaced fear of crime, leading to a preoccupation with "law and order." The media pointed to black men as dangerous and women as vulnerable, inaccurate claims that nevertheless led to mass incarceration of African Americans and women's exaggerated distrust of strangers. The threat of terrorism is only the most recent in a series of overblown fears that set Americans against each other. With fear on the rise, the concept of citizenship has deteriorated and concern for the common good has all but disappeared. In this remarkable work of history May charts the rise of a muscular national culture grounded in fear. Instead of a thriving democracy of engaged citizens, we have become a paranoid, bunkered, militarized, and divided vigilante nation."--Dust jacket flap
Cataloging source
DLC
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May, Elaine Tyler
Dewey number
  • 364.10973
  • 306.0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6789
LC item number
.M359 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Crime
  • Violence
  • Public safety
  • United States
  • United States
  • HISTORY / African American
  • HISTORY / Social History
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / Women
  • Gewalt
  • Innere Sicherheit
  • Verbrechen
  • Bürger
  • Waffenbesitz
  • USA
Label
Fortress America : how we embraced fear and abandoned democracy, Elaine Tyler May
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The bunker mentality -- Gimme shelter : security in the Atomic Age -- The color of danger : from red to black -- Vigilante virtue : fantasy, reality, and the law -- Women : victims or villains? -- Locked-up America : self-incarceration and the illusion of security -- Epilogue: Back to the future : the twenty-first century
Control code
958799377
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 247 pages
Isbn
9780465055920
Lccn
2017023376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958799377
Label
Fortress America : how we embraced fear and abandoned democracy, Elaine Tyler May
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The bunker mentality -- Gimme shelter : security in the Atomic Age -- The color of danger : from red to black -- Vigilante virtue : fantasy, reality, and the law -- Women : victims or villains? -- Locked-up America : self-incarceration and the illusion of security -- Epilogue: Back to the future : the twenty-first century
Control code
958799377
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 247 pages
Isbn
9780465055920
Lccn
2017023376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958799377

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