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The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally…

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (edition 2021)

by Carol Anderson (Author)

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Title:The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America
Authors:Carol Anderson (Author)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing (2021), 272 pages
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The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson


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I had read a few books by Anderson and was curious to read about this. The Second Amendment and conversations about it rarely discuss the role of race in the sense of how the history of race and racism going back to colonial times affects how the 2nd is viewed and used today. So I was very curious to read more about a context that I had never really thought about and how that might give me a better understanding on the issue of gun violence in the US.

It's basically a history of book of the origins of the amendment through the Civil War, into the era of Jim Crow and how it is used in law enforcement and instances of gun violence today. I'll admit that I did not know a lot of it except in bits and pieces and was probably only familiar with this in the modern era if at all. There's a lot to learn and digest here and brings an angle to the conversation that should probably be discussed more.

But, if you look at the other negative reviews and what their criticisms are, you'll see that there's a pattern to their complaints. Which makes the case for what the book is saying, to be honest.

And with other works by Anderson I found it very difficult to read. The topic is interesting but the writing style makes the text very hard for me to get into. Anderson is an academic which probably accounts for some of my difficulty with the text. Would probably be a good book to see on a class syllabus on racial violence in the US, guns, etc. but I'd definitely have other sources to compliment this one.

Borrowed from the library and that was best for me. But can see it used for a class as mentioned above and would be a good purchase for the right person. ( )
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