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NCJ Number: 44302 Find in a Library
Title: VIGILANTE!
Author(s): W E BURROWS
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 311
Sponsoring Agency: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
757 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE AUTHOR PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF THE AMERICAN VIGILANT REACTION -- THE WIDE VARIETY OF CITIZENS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE 'LAW' INTO THEIR OWN HAND TO PUNISH THOSE THEY THOUGHT WERE THEIR ENEMIES.
Abstract: VIGILANCE IS DEFINED AND SET IN THE CONTEXT OF THE AMERICAN CHARACTER AND EXPERIENCE. SIX SELECTED VIGILANTE EPISODES ARE TRACED IN ACTION-NARRATIVE FORM. EACH EPISODE IS A MODEL ILLUSTRATING A PARTICULAR KIND OF VIGILANTISM AND IS REPRESENTATIVE OF MANY OTHERS. THE AUTHOR DRAWS TOGETHER FACT AND FICTION AS THEY EVOLVED INTO VIGILANTE MYTHOLOGY AND MOVES INTO EVENTS OF THE SEVENTIES. BY SELECTIVELY IGNORING WHAT IS GROTESQUE AND DANGEROUS ABOUT VIGILANCE AND CONCENTRATING, INSTEAD, ON ITS HEROIC FACADE, AMERICANS HAVE FASHIONED A BRITTLE BUT ENDURING RECOURSE AGAINST THEIR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FRUSTRATIONS, THE AUTHOR NOTES. NOTES, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND AN INDEX ARE APPENDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED).
Index Term(s): United States of America; Vigilantes
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