Patty Hearst Trial Re-examined at Kansas City Public Library

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For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2009
Contact: Paul Smith
Patty Hearst Trial Re-examined at Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library hosts author William Graebner for a presentation based on his latest book, Patty’s Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America, on Wednesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

In 1974, a San Francisco robbery committed by the Symbionese Liberation Army included 19-year-old accomplice Patty Hearst, an heiress who had been kidnapped by the terrorist group. The robbery lead to a trial that depicted the “brainwashed” heiress as a symptom of 1960s liberalism gone wrong.

Graebner offers the first substantial reconsideration of the Patty Hearst story in decades, delivering a nuanced portrait of 1970s America, the repercussions of which can still be felt.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

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