Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America / Edition 1

Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America / Edition 1

by Laura Browder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807858897

ISBN-13: 9780807858899

Pub. Date: 03/10/2008

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The gun-toting woman holds enormous symbolic significance in American culture. For over two centuries, women who pick up guns have disrupted the popular association of guns and masculinity, spurring debates about women's capabilities for violence as well as their capacity for full citizenship. In Her Best Shot, Laura Browder examines the relationship between

Overview

The gun-toting woman holds enormous symbolic significance in American culture. For over two centuries, women who pick up guns have disrupted the popular association of guns and masculinity, spurring debates about women's capabilities for violence as well as their capacity for full citizenship. In Her Best Shot, Laura Browder examines the relationship between women and guns and the ways in which the figure of the armed woman has served as a lightning rod for cultural issues.

Utilizing autobiographies, advertising, journalism, novels, and political tracts, among other sources, Browder traces appearances of the armed woman across a chronological spectrum from the American Revolution to the present and an ideological spectrum ranging from the Black Panthers to right-wing militias. Among the colorful characters presented here are Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the American Revolution; Pauline Cushman, who posed as a Confederate to spy for Union forces during the Civil War; Wild West sure-shot Annie Oakley; African explorer Osa Johnson; 1930s gangsters Ma Barker and Bonnie Parker; and Patty Hearst, the hostage-turned-revolutionary-turned-victim. With her entertaining and provocative analysis, Browder demonstrates that armed women both challenge and reinforce the easy equation that links guns, manhood, and American identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858899
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/10/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: The News about Women and Guns     1
Military Heroines: Narratives of Female Soldiers and Spies in the Civil War     22
Little Miss Sure Shot and Friends, or How Armed Women Tamed the West     57
Maid Marians and Bad Mothers: From the Gungirls of the 1920s to the Gangsters of the 1930s     100
Radical Women of the 1960s and 1970s     136
Armed Women of the Far Right: Race Mothers, Warriors, and the Surprising Case of Carolyn Chute     186
Armed Feminism or Family Values? Women and Guns Today     212
Conclusion     230
Notes     235
Bibliography     261
Index     279

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