Terrorism and America -

Terrorism and America

From the Anarchists to 9/11 and Beyond



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Dr Willcock explores the complex connections between American history and terrorism. Terrorism has been part of American life since its founding, but early terrorist activity increased dramatically from 1865, peaking from 1910-1920. Terrorist threats rose again from the 1950s, reaching a peak in the 1970s, when Americans faced almost daily terrorist attacks. In the 1960s, Americans faced increasing external threats to their security, as hijackings, kidnapping and bomb attacks became increasingly commonplace. From the 1970s, America increasingly linked terrorism to `rogue states' such as North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Cuba. By the 1990s, terrorist incidents against America had dramatically reduced. However, attacks that did take place were increasingly deadly, as seen with the World Trade Center bombing (1993), the Oklahoma Bombing (1995) and the attack on the USS Cole (2000). As such, 9/11 is placed into historical context, at the same time its impact on America is addressed. Why are Americans unable to access the torch of the Statue of Liberty? Not one citizen the author has asked has known the answer. Access to the torch was prevented as a result of a massive terrorist bomb in 1916. The attack was traced to Germany, anxious to keep the USA out of World War One - and (West) Germany paid reparations to the USA for this attack until 1979! 'We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.' (African-American preacher Jeremiah Wright)

Product code: 9781445676609

ISBN 9781445676609
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
Publisher Amberley Publishing
No. Of Pages 288
The complex interrelationship between terrorism and American history from the Declaration of Independence onward, placing 9/11 into historical context.