Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing

Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing

by Stuart A. Wright
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Cambridge University Press
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Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing

This book explores an escalating spiral of tension between the Patriot movement and the state leading up to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The author served as a consultant to Timothy McVeigh's defense team and draws on information based on face-to-face interviews with McVeigh. Wright contends that McVeigh was firmly entrenched in the Patriot movement and was part of a network of 'warrior cells' that planned and carried out the bombing. By examining the Patriot movement's history and subsequent reconfiguration of conflicts with the state, McVeigh's role in the bombing can be more fully understood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521694193
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2007
Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables     x
Preface and Acknowledgments     xi
Codicil to a Patriot Profile     1
Patriots, Political Process, and Social Movements     23
The Historical Context of Patriot Insurgency     44
The Farm Crisis, Threat Attribution, and Patriot Mobilization     70
State Mobilization: Building a Trajectory of Contention     97
The Gun Rights Network and Nascent Patriots: Rise of a Threat Spiral     114
Movement-State Attributions of War: Ruby Ridge and Waco     139
Patriot Insurgency and the Oklahoma City Bombing     166
After Oklahoma City: Patriot Demobilization and Decline     194
References     219
Index     233

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