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Patty's Got a Gun : Patricia Hearst in 1970s America / William Graebner.

Author/Creator:
Graebner, William, author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2015]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (232 pages) : 17 halftones
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Criminal liability -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Kidnapping victims -- United States -- Biography.
Kidnapping -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Trials (Robbery) -- United States.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
It was a story so bizarre it defied belief: in April 1974, twenty-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst robbed a San Francisco bank in the company of members of the Symbionese Liberation Army-who had kidnapped her a mere nine weeks earlier. But the robbery-and the spectacular 1976 trial that ended with Hearst's criminal conviction-seemed oddly appropriate to the troubled mood of the nation, an instant exemplar of a turbulent era. With Patty's Got a Gun, the first substantial reconsideration of Patty Hearst's story in more than twenty-five years, William Graebner vividly re-creates the atmosphere of uncertainty and frustration of mid-1970s America. Drawing on copious media accounts of the robbery and trial-as well as cultural artifacts from glam rock to Invasion of the Body Snatchers-Graebner paints a compelling portrait of a nation confused and frightened by the upheavals of 1960s liberalism and beginning to tip over into what would become Reagan-era conservatism, with its invocations of individual responsibility and the heroic. Trapped in the middle of that shift, the affectless, zombielike, "brainwashed" Patty Hearst was a ready-made symbol of all that seemed to have gone wrong with the sixties-the inevitable result, some said, of rampant permissiveness, feckless elitism, the loss of moral clarity, and feminism run amok. By offering a fresh look at Patty Hearst and her trial-for the first time free from the agendas of the day, yet set fully in their cultural context-Patty's Got a Gun delivers a nuanced portrait of both an unforgettable moment and an entire era, one whose repercussions continue to be felt today.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Figures
Introduction
The Story
Abducted
The Robbery
The Fire
Early Reactions
The Missing Year
The Arrest
The Trial
Closing Arguments
The Jury
The Verdict
Reactions
Reading Patty Hearst
The Decline of Authority
The Fragile Self
The Victim
The Survivor
Stockholm Syndrome
Paranoid
The Emerging Conservative Consensus
Heroes
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 25. Feb 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226338071
OCLC:
1229160899
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226338071 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.