May 31, 2014

Mark Stein spoke about his book, American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

By highlighting the similarities between American political panics from the Salem witch hunt to present-day vehemence over issues such as Latino immigration, gay marriage, and the construction of mosques, Stein closely examines just what it is that causes us as a nation to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound change. This book also devotes chapters to African Americans, Native Americans, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Chinese and Japanese peoples, Communists, Capitalists, women, and a highly turbulent but largely forgotten panic over Freemasons. Striking similarities in these diverse episodes are revealed in primary documents Stein has unearthed, in which statements from the past could easily be mistaken for statements today. As these similarities come to light, Stein reveals why some people become panicked over particular issues when others do not.

American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why Cover Image
ISBN: 9781137279026
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 20th, 2014