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Shadowlands : fear and freedom at the Oregon standoff : a western tale of America in crisis / Anthony McCann.

McCann, Anthony, author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 322.4209 MCC (Text) 33500013096813 New Checked out 09/09/2019

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  • ISBN: 9781635571202
  • ISBN: 1635571200
  • Physical Description: xxi, 423 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [407]-419).
Summary, etc.: In 2016, a group of armed, divinely inspired right-wing protestors led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the high desert of eastern Oregon. Encamped in the shadowlands of the republic, insisting that the Federal government had no right to own public land, the occupiers were seen by a divided country as either dangerous extremists dressed up as cowboys, or as heroes insisting on restoring the rule of the Constitution. From the Occupation's beginnings, to the trials of the occupiers in federal court in downtown Portland and their tumultuous aftermaths, Shadowlands is the resonant, multifaceted story of one of the most dramatic flashpoints in the year that gave us Donald Trump. -- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
    *Starred Review* Poet McCann (Thing Music, 2014) makes a momentous nonfiction debut with this account of the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by armed, right-wing protestors. McCann takes a kaleidoscopic long-view, examining the historical roots of the occupation, its emotive leader Ammon Bundy, its divisive effect on a country poised to elect Donald Trump, and its messy aftermath in federal court. The core subject is nothing less than the nature of American identity and the concept of freedom. Admirably, McCann's ethos is not that of a neutral bystander but of a truth seeker. He thinks through viewpoints with depth and empathy, but he also takes stands and calls out the problematic. For example, protestors claimed the federal government had no right to own these public lands, while members of the Paiute publicly questioned what right Bundy's group of white ranchers had to occupy their tribe's historical lands, which were forcibly taken. Contradictions, hypocrisies, and sanitized history were at the forefront of a standoff that cost at least one man his life. This heavily researched and thoughtful book, written with detail and care, asks big questions of readers and the country. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anthony McCann is the author of the poetry collections Thing Music, I Heart Your Fate and Moongarden. He currently teaches creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts and in the Low-Residency MFA program of the University of California, Riverside. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, McCann now lives in the Mojave Desert.

Subject: Bundy, Ammon, 1975-
Conservatism > United States > History > 21st century.
Federal government > United States.
Right-wing extremists > United States.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Or.)
Occupy movement.
Right-wing extremists.
Oregon > Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
United States.

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