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Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups
     

Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups

by Stephen E Atkins
 

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The number of extremists and extremist groups in the United States has increased dramatically in the last 20 years. This encyclopedia, the only one of its kind, provides the most up-to-date information on 275 of the most influential and significant homegrown extremists and extremist groups that have operated in the U.S. since 1950, as well as entries on important

Overview

The number of extremists and extremist groups in the United States has increased dramatically in the last 20 years. This encyclopedia, the only one of its kind, provides the most up-to-date information on 275 of the most influential and significant homegrown extremists and extremist groups that have operated in the U.S. since 1950, as well as entries on important extremist events, terms, and concepts. More than 75% of the coverage deals with the period since the 1980s, including subjects unavailable in other sources.

Objective entries focus on left-wing and right-wing individuals and groups who take extreme positions on political, economic, religious, or social issues. Included is the latest information about the workings and agendas of established groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, and hard-to-find information on a variety of recent militia groups, cults, survivalists, and separatist movements. Each entry is followed by a useful bibliography of books and articles for further research. A timeline of events in American extremism and a selection of photos accompany the text. Current through the end of 2001, this work is a valuable tool for authoritative information on what has become a growing problem in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The terrorists who struck on September 11 were not the first to try to bring down America, and, regrettably, they won't be the last. While we tend to think of terrorist acts as originating outside this country, Atkins (Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy) has put together a reference source that lists 275 of the most influential and significant domestic extremists, organized groups, and extreme events. (Foreigners committing terrorist acts on North American soil are not included.) Here they are divided into three categories: political, religious, and economic/social. While the book covers activities since the 1950s, three quarters of the entries focus on the period from 1980 to 2001. Each entry offers an in-depth article followed by a brief but strong bibliography. Although readers will recognize the subject of some entries, such as the Black Panthers, Heaven's Gate, The Unabomber, Operation Rescue, and the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), many are not well known, such as Gerald McLamb (a leading champion of the militia movement) and the Silver Spring Monkeys (the first major animal liberation group). Thus, this book gives readers insight into a wide range of viewpoints. As it is the only resource currently available on this topic, academic and large public libraries should strongly consider purchase.-Michael Sawyer, Northwestern Regional Lib., Elkin, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-This exhaustive reference covers the activities of extremists within the U.S. since the 1950s. Atkins does not include acts of foreign terrorists, thereby excluding the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. His definition of extremism is "the advocacy of extreme positions by movements, groups, and organizations" and includes political, religious, economic, and social extremes; three-quarters of the entries focus on the years since 1980. Included are radical groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, PETA, and the American Indian Movement; key figures including David Koresh and Timothy McVeigh; and events such as the Waco Siege and the Ruby Ridge Incident. The many cross-references allow researchers to trace numerous facets of each subject. As one of the few in-depth sources available on this topic, this work will be an oft-consulted addition to reference collections.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313315022
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2002
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

STEPHEN E. ATKINS is Associate University Librarian for Collection Management at the Sterling C. Evans Library at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy (Greenwood, 2000), which received the Booklist Editor's Choice Award for 2000, Terrorism: A Handbook (1992), Arms Control and Disarmament, Defense and Military, International Security and Peace: An Annotated Guide to Sources 1980-1987 (1989), and The Academic Library in the American University (1991), as well as numerous journal articles on arms control.

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