In the Name of God and Country: Reconsidering Terrorism in American History

In the Name of God and Country: Reconsidering Terrorism in American History

by Michael Fellman
ISBN-10:
0300168020
ISBN-13:
2900300168029
Pub. Date:
11/30/2010
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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In the Name of God and Country: Reconsidering Terrorism in American History

With insight and originality, Michael Fellman argues that terrorism, in various forms, has been a constant and driving force in American history. In part, this is due to the nature of American republicanism and Protestant Christianity, which he believes contain a core of moral absolutism and self-righteousness that perpetrators of terrorism use to justify their actions. Fellman also argues that there is an intrinsic relationship between terrorist acts by non-state groups and responses on the part of the state; unlike many observers, he believes that both the action and the reaction constitute terrorism.

Fellman’s compelling narrative focuses on five key episodes: John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry; terrorism during the American Civil War, especially race warfare and guerrilla warfare; the organized “White Line” paramilitary destruction of Reconstruction in Mississippi; the Haymarket Affair and its aftermath; and the Philippine-American war of 1899–1902. In an epilogue, he applies this history to illuminate the Bush-Cheney administration’s use of terrorism in the so-called war on terror. In the Name of God and Country demonstrates the centrality of terrorism in shaping America even to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900300168029
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 John Brown: Slavery and Terrorism 14

2 Terrorism and Civil War 57

3 Blood Redemption: The Counterrevolutionary White-Terrorist Destruction of Reconstruction 97

4 The Haymarket: Terrorism and Class Conflict 143

5 The Philippines War: Terrorism and Empire 186

Coda 232

Note on Terms 237

Notes 245

Index 265

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