Political Assassinations And Attempts That Changed US History: The Lasting Effects Of Gun Violence Against American Political L
- Society & Culture, General Interest
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Politics by other means
No other nation with a population of over 50 million people has witnessed as many political assassinations or attempts as the United States. Nine American presidents have been the targets of assassins. Three presidential candidates were shot by assailants. Eight governors, seven senators, nine House members, eleven mayors, seventeen state legislators, and eleven judges have been victims.
Why has a country constructed on a bedrock of the rule of law been so susceptible to political violence? J. Michael Martinez examines this vital question through twenty-five attacks against elected officials and public figures in U.S. history-a roll call of infamy that speaks volumes about the culture of brutality at the heart of the American psyche.
"[An] insightful and sobering view of US history."-Greg Stebben, author ofWhite House Confidential
"Original and evocative, this book examines within the historical context the nature of assassinations perpetrated against twenty-five American political figures. Grappling with this perplexing issue, Martinez probes the jagged edge of human psychology. He offers a provocative explanation of the underlying motives behind political assassinations, assigning them to five categories."-Orville Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln
"Martinez thoughtfully examines political assassinations in America to understand not just the historically important question of what happened, but, perhaps more importantly, the intriguing one of why individuals resorted to violence against prominent political figures."-William D. Richardson, author of Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Character: Founding Thought
"This fascinating book provides a deeper understanding into the warning signs, which unfortunately, may be all too plentiful in today's political climate."-Mike Farris, author of A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow
"The first attack on a major political figure did not occur until an assassin attempted to shoot President Andrew Jackson in 1835. The rarity of political violence early in the history of the republic raises several additional questions. Why did violence against political figures increase during the nineteenth century? Did the nation's culture or politics change and, if so, how? Did political violence increase during the twentieth century and, if so, why? What, if anything, can be done to reduce or eliminate such attacks?"-from Political Assassinations and Attempts in US History
About the Author
J. Michael Martinez is an attorney and the author of five books, including The Safety of the Kingdom: Government Responses to Subversive Threats; Coming for to Carry Me Home: Race in America from Abolitionism to Jim Crow; and Terrorist Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War to the Present.
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|Release Date:||November 14, 2017|