Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense

Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense

by Caroline Light

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807075135
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 691,065
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Caroline Light is director of undergraduate studies in the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South.

Table of Contents

AUTHOR’S NOTE
Mom the Sharpshooter

INTRODUCTION
When Good Citizenship Is Armed Citizenship

CHAPTER ONE
“That Great Law of Nature”
The Origins of a Selective Self-Defense Culture

CHAPTER TWO
Defensive Violence and the “True Man”
The End of Reconstruction and the Duty to Retreat

CHAPTER THREE
“A Mighty Power in the Hands of the Citizen”
Justice and True Manhood in the Western Borderlands

CHAPTER FOUR
“Queer Justice” and the Sexual Politics of Lynching

CHAPTER FIVE
“An American Tradition”
The Black Paramilitary Response to White Supremacist Terror and Unequal Protection

CHAPTER SIX
“The Stuff of Pulp Fiction”
Unreasonable Women, Vigilante Heroes, and the Rise of the Armed Citizen

CHAPTER SEVEN
Avoiding a “Fate Worse Than Death”
How We Learned to Stand Our Ground

CONCLUSION
Kill or Be Killed—An American Mantra

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NOTES

INDEX

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