Waiting for Jos� The Minutemen's Pursuit of America

ISBN-10: 0691152152

ISBN-13: 9780691152158

Edition: 2013

Authors: Harel Shapira
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Description: They live in the suburbs of Tennessee and Indiana. They fought in Vietnam and Desert Storm. They speak about an older, better America, an America that once was, and is no more. And for the past decade, they have come to the U.S. / Mexico border to hunt for illegal immigrants. Who are the Minutemen? Patriots? Racists? Vigilantes?Harel Shapira lived with the Minutemen and patrolled the border with them, seeking neither to condemn nor praise them, but to understand who they are and what they do. Challenging simplistic depictions of these men as right-wing fanatics with loose triggers, Shapira discovers a group of men who long for community and embrace the principles of civic engagement. Yet these desires and convictions have led them to a troubling place.Shapira takes you to that place--a stretch of desert in southern Arizona, where he reveals that what draws these men to the border is not simply racism or anti-immigrant sentiments, but a chance to relive a sense of meaning and purpose rooted in an older life of soldiering. They come to the border not only in search of illegal immigrants, but of lost identities and experiences.

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

The Minutemen Chain of Command
Acknowledgments
Preface: A Place on the Border
Introduction: All Quiet on the Southern Front
American Dreams
Camp Vigilance
Gordon and His Guns
Scenes from the Border
Encounters
Conclusion: Belonging in America
Appendix: A Note on Methodology
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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