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The Resource "God help us, we are the press!" : public perception of the Branch Davidian conflict, by Janet Rogers

"God help us, we are the press!" : public perception of the Branch Davidian conflict, by Janet Rogers

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"God help us, we are the press!" : public perception of the Branch Davidian conflict
Title
"God help us, we are the press!"
Title remainder
public perception of the Branch Davidian conflict
Statement of responsibility
by Janet Rogers
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Public perception of the 1993 Branch Davidian conflict, particularly as it developed well after the event, helped to alter government policy toward New Religious Movements. Prior to the investigations following the conflict, public expectations of government involvement in New Religious Movements had been shaped most dramatically by the mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978. That event had convinced scholars and the public at large that New Religious movements had a propensity for violence, and government intervention was necessary on occasion. Thus following Jonestown, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) became involved in several standoffs with New Religious Movements, including the Branch Davidians. After the events in Waco, however, the public argued that violence was not helpful in ceasing New Religious Movements. Policy-makers agreed, and both ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) ceased such interventions. This study of public perception represents a new area of inquiry by historians. When studying New Religious Movements in the past, historians have examined the leadership and theology of the movements themselves as well as government actors, and the reasons behind official intervention. They have not yet looked at the changes in public perception of New Religious Movements. As this study suggests, however, public perception is important, because the public's feelings are closely linked to the government's feelings toward New Religious Movements and help to shape the decisions that government officials make when deciding that New Religious Movements have gone too far
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Rogers, Janet
Degree
M.A.
Dewey number
976.4/284063
Dissertation year
2013
Granting institution
University of Texas at Arlington
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Texas at Arlington
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  • Koresh, David
  • Koresh, David
  • Branch Davidians
  • United States
  • United States
  • Branch Davidians
  • United States
  • United States
  • Waco Branch Davidian Disaster (Texas : 1993)
  • Waco Branch Davidian Disaster, Tex., 1993
  • Cults
  • Cults
  • Texas
  • United States
Label
"God help us, we are the press!" : public perception of the Branch Davidian conflict, by Janet Rogers
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"UMI Number: 1541346"--title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
ocn956531779
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
vii, 92 p.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956531779
  • (Sirsi) a1935602
Label
"God help us, we are the press!" : public perception of the Branch Davidian conflict, by Janet Rogers
Publication
Note
"UMI Number: 1541346"--title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
ocn956531779
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
vii, 92 p.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956531779
  • (Sirsi) a1935602

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