American Extremists: Militias, Supremacists, Klansmen, Communists and Others / Edition 1

American Extremists: Militias, Supremacists, Klansmen, Communists and Others / Edition 1

by John George
     
 

Extremist movements aren't new, but the tragic events in Oklahoma City, New York City, and elsewhere have awakened Americans to this frightening reality within our borders. What sorts of fringe groups exist? Who joins up and why? What do they want and what are they willing to do to accomplish their goals? How serious is the danger? In response to these questions,

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Overview

Extremist movements aren't new, but the tragic events in Oklahoma City, New York City, and elsewhere have awakened Americans to this frightening reality within our borders. What sorts of fringe groups exist? Who joins up and why? What do they want and what are they willing to do to accomplish their goals? How serious is the danger? In response to these questions, noted experts John George and Laird Wilcox have teamed up to examine the frayed edges of human behavior.

Beginning with a summary of pre-1960 movements, they then discuss conspiracy theories and what motivates extremists. Their thoroughly documented and detailed tour of contemporary groups on the "far left" and the "far right" includes recent militia groups making headlines. Included as well is an in-depth appendix on the use of fake quotes and fabricated documentsa staple of many extremist organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573920582
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
443
Sales rank:
1,420,907
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface7
1It's Not New: Historical Perspective on American Extremism Prior to 196015
2What Is Extremism? Style and Tactics Matter More Than Goals54
3Motivations: Why They Join, Stay, Leave63
4Communist Party USA97
5Socialist Workers Party108
6Black Panther Party114
7Students for a Democratic Society125
8Progressive Labor Party147
9Workers World Party153
10Revolutionary Action Movement156
11Revolutionary Communist Party159
12Communist Workers Party163
13Reverend Billy James Hargis and His Christian Crusade173
14The John Birch Society: A Plot to Sell Books?186
15The Christian Right197
16Willis Carto and Liberty Lobby207
17Robert Bolivar DePugh and the Minutemen221
18The Militias246
19Gerald L. K. Smith and Christian Nationalist Crusade275
20The LaRouche Network283
21Jewish Defense League298
22The Nation of Islam317
23Assorted Neo-Nazis323
24National States Rights Party354
25Ku Klux Klans362
Appendix I. Fake Quotes and Fabricated Documents: A Common Extremist Tactic383
Appendix II. Principal Characteristics of the Extremes and the Mainstream in America: A Handy Guide for Extremist Watchers421
Index425

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