American Panic

American Panic

A History of Who Scares Us and Why

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Baker & Taylor
The best-selling author of How the States Got Their Shapes explores the history and consequences of American political panic events ranging from the Salem Witch Trials to the Tea Party demonstrations to reveal how and why our society has repeatedly succumbed to induced hype and propaganda. 35,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
In American Panic , New York Times bestselling author Mark Stein traces the history and consequences of American political panics through the years. Virtually every American, on one level or another, falls victim to the hype, intensity, and propaganda that accompanies political panic, regardless of their own personal affiliations. By highlighting the similarities between American political panics from the Salem witch hunt to present-day vehemence over issues such as Latino immigration, gay marriage, and the construction of mosques, Stein closely examines just what it is that causes us as a nation to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound change. This book also devotes chapters to African Americans, Native Americans, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Chinese and Japanese peoples, Communists, Capitalists, women, and a highly turbulent but largely forgotten panic over Freemasons. Striking similarities in these diverse episodes are revealed in primary documents Stein has unearthed, in which statements from the past could easily be mistaken for statements today. As these similarities come to light, Stein reveals why some people become panicked over particular issues when others do not.

What political panics—from the Salem Witch Trials to the Tea Party—can tell us about our modern society



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Stein explains who scares Americans and why, and concludes, quoting Pogo: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Citing little likelihood that political panic will ever go away, what with the human mind’s need for pattern recognition, penchant for assumption-making, and the ever constant availability of free-floating unverified claims, he seeks to determine whether such episodes can be at least minimized, if not avoided. In twelve chronological chapters, progressing from identifying recurring elements to analyzing them, he illuminates panics revolving around suspected witches, Indians, African-Americans, Freemasons, Catholics, Chinese men, Jews, communists, corporations, women’s suffrage, homosexuals, immigrants, and American Muslins. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Traces American political panics through history and claims that each American falls victim to the associated propaganda.
"In American Panic, New York Times bestselling author Mark Stein traces the history and consequences of American political panics through the years. Virtually every American, on one level or another, falls victim to the hype, intensity, and propaganda that accompanies political panic, regardless of their own personal affiliations. By highlighting the similarities between American political panics from the Salem witch hunt to present-day vehemence over issues such as Latino immigration, gay marriage, and the construction of mosques, Stein closely examines just what it is that causes us as a nation to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound change. This book also devotes chapters to African Americans, Native Americans, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Chinese and Japanese peoples, communists, capitalists, women, and a highly turbulent but largely forgotten panic over Freemasons. Striking similarities in these diverse episodes are revealed in primary documents Stein has unearthed, in which statements from the past could easily be mistaken for statements today. As these similarities come to light, Stein reveals why some people become panicked over particular issues when others do not"--

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2014
ISBN: 9781137279026
Branch Call Number: 306.20973 STE
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,25 cm.

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Sep 16, 2014

Stein's take on the economic survival of NOT JUST enthnically white laborers (gandy dancers, which included Eastern European immigrants, Black-Americans and Japanese immigrants) is completely historically incorrect, and a despicable revisionism of real American labor history! [The laborers, seeking better conditions, were replaced with Chinese laborers, the majority of who were literally worked to death, and the laid off and unarmed workers were first attacked, and responded to, their bosses' armed thugs, and worked their way down to the replacement scab workers who were unarmed.] First familiarize yourself with the Ludlow Massacre, the railroad strikes, and the Hay Market Massacre to get a better understanding of historic events.

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