Anthony McCann-Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff

Anthony McCann

Bio

Anthony McCann is the author of the poetry collections Thing Music, I Heart Your Fate, and Moongarden. He currently teaches creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts and in the Low-Residency MFA program of the University of California, Riverside. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, McCann now lives in the Mojave Desert.

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Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff

In 2016, a group of armed, divinely inspired right-wing protestors led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the high desert of eastern Oregon. Encamped in the shadowlands of the republic, insisting that the Federal government had no right to own public land, the occupiers were seen by a divided country as either dangerous extremists dressed up as cowboys, or as heroes insisting on restoring the rule of the Constitution. From the Occupation’s beginnings, to the trials of the occupiers in federal court in downtown Portland and their tumultuous aftermaths, Shadowlands is the resonant, multifaceted story of one of the most dramatic flashpoints in the year that gave us Donald Trump. Gathering into its vortex the realities of social media technology, history, religion, race, and the environment—this piercing work by Anthony McCann offers us a combination of beautiful writing and high-stakes analysis of our current cultural and political moment. Shadowlands is a clarifying, exhilarating story of a nation facing an uncertain future and a murky past in a time of great collective reckoning.

Introducer: Michael Kanell

Michael E. Kanell is an economics and business writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 2001 and has covered a wide range of issues, including the return of ex-offenders to the workforce, the economic impact of immigration, the loss of American manufacturing jobs, and the economics of the opioid crisis and the decrease in American mobility. Before coming to Atlanta, he worked at a number of newspapers in New England and taught journalism at Boston University, and was an associate producer of radio documentaries for National Public Radio. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, and National Catholic Reporter, as well as CFO, CIO, and INC. magazines. He is a graduate of Princeton University and earned degree in law from Boston University.

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Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff

In 2016, a group of armed, divinely inspired right-wing protestors led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the high desert of eastern Oregon. Encamped in the shadowlands of the republic, insisting that the Federal government had no right to own public land, the occupiers were seen by a divided country as either dangerous extremists dressed up as cowboys, or as heroes insisting on restoring the rule of the Constitution. From the Occupation’s beginnings, to the trials of the occupiers in federal court in downtown Portland and their tumultuous aftermaths, Shadowlands is the resonant, multifaceted story of this dramatic flashpoint.

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