Skip to comments.Flashback: CBS's 'An American Story' Highlighted Need for Second Amendment
Posted on 02/16/2013 5:37:27 PM PST by Bratch
Yet this fictionalization of the Battle of Athens, the last and best modern example of American citizens forcefully asserting their Second Amendment rights, was actually shown only 21 years ago. The telepicture earned two Primetime Emmy nominations, one for music and another for cinematography.
This well made TV movie, starring Brad Johnson and directed by John Gray, depicted the last time in modern American history when a large group of decent, ordinary citizens were involved in an armed confrontation with criminally corrupt representatives of their own government.
The so-called Battle of Athens, Tennessee in 1946 involved the politically entrenched and brutally corrupt county officials of McMinn County verses local citizens who had finally had enough. Athens was a place where southern kingpin and State Sen. Paul Cantrell, his Sheriff Pat Mansfield and their loyal bully-boy minions made thousands of dollars harassing, imprisoning and fining who ever challenged the status quo including large numbers of recently returned local World War II combat veterans.
Numbers of small town jails and courts across the country were run as out of control, for-profit enterprises in those days, lining the pockets of the local politicians, sheriffs and police officers. A county that had fought for the Union during the Civil War, McMinn County had consistently voted Republican until the early 1930s when corrupt Democrats promised to magically end the Depression.
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The STOU speech also highlighted the need for the Second Amendment.
How about all able bodied Vets?
We might not be as lean, but we’re still pretty mean.
I’d like to see this, I wonder where I can find it.
Yep, I saw this YouTube video and got a thrill up my S&W:
Went out and bought the movie on Amazon, here:
We are about there ...
see my post # 5
Hey, thanks very much for posting that. I will find some way to see the whole thing somehow, that was enough to whet my appetite.
The made for TV movie was actually toned WAY down. Read some accounts of the events. They had to dynamite the jail three times before the deputies surrendered. Vets were beaten and arrested before they started retaliating and arresting the “deputies”. This event should be taught in schools but I had never heard of it until a few years ago and I grew up here in TN.