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The Resource Stand your ground : a history of America's love affair with lethal self-defense, Caroline E. Light

Stand your ground : a history of America's love affair with lethal self-defense, Caroline E. Light

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Stand your ground : a history of America's love affair with lethal self-defense
Title
Stand your ground
Title remainder
a history of America's love affair with lethal self-defense
Statement of responsibility
Caroline E. Light
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Despite inevitable questions about gun control, there is a sharp increase in firearm sales in the wake of every mass shooting. Yet, this kind of DIY-security activism predates the contemporary gun rights movement -- and even the stand-your-ground self-defense laws adopted in thirty-three states, or the thirteen million civilians currently licensed to carry concealed firearms. As scholar Caroline Light proves, support for "good guys with guns" relies on the entrenched belief that certain "bad guys with guns" threaten us all. This book explores the development of the American right to self-defense and reveals how the original "duty to retreat" from threat was transformed into a selective right to kill. Light traces white America's attachment to racialized, lethal self-defense by unearthing its complex legal and social histories -- from the original "castle laws" of the 1600s, which gave white men the right to protect their homes, to the brutal lynching of "criminal" Black bodies during the Jim Crow era and the radicalization of the NRA as it transitioned from a sporting organization to one of our country's most powerful lobbying forces
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Light, Caroline E
Dewey number
345.73/04
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF9246
LC item number
.L54 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Self-defense (Law)
  • Firearms
  • African Americans
  • HISTORY
  • LAW
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
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Stand your ground : a history of America's love affair with lethal self-defense, Caroline E. Light
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"That great law of nature" : the origins of a selective self-defense culture -- Defensive violence and the "true man" : the end of Reconstruction and the duty to retreat -- "A mighty power in the hands of the citizen" : justice and true manhood in the western borderlands -- "Queer justice" and the sexual politics of lynching -- "An American tradition" : the black paramilitary response to white supremacist terror and unequal protection -- "The stuff of pulp fiction" : unreasonable women, vigilante heroes, and the rise of the armed citizen -- Avoiding a "fate worse than death" : how we learned to stand our ground
Control code
ocn950004008
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 225 pages
Isbn
9780807064665
Lccn
2016023101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807064665
  • (OCoLC)950004008
Label
Stand your ground : a history of America's love affair with lethal self-defense, Caroline E. Light
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
"That great law of nature" : the origins of a selective self-defense culture -- Defensive violence and the "true man" : the end of Reconstruction and the duty to retreat -- "A mighty power in the hands of the citizen" : justice and true manhood in the western borderlands -- "Queer justice" and the sexual politics of lynching -- "An American tradition" : the black paramilitary response to white supremacist terror and unequal protection -- "The stuff of pulp fiction" : unreasonable women, vigilante heroes, and the rise of the armed citizen -- Avoiding a "fate worse than death" : how we learned to stand our ground
Control code
ocn950004008
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 225 pages
Isbn
9780807064665
Lccn
2016023101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807064665
  • (OCoLC)950004008

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