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Blood and politics : the history of the white nationalist movement from the margins to the mainstream

Author: Leonard Zeskind
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009.
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"More than fifteen years in the making, Blood and Politics is the most comprehensive history to date of the white supremacist movement as it has evolved over the past three-plus decades."-inside jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard Zeskind
ISBN: 9780374109035 0374109036
OCLC Number: 243544894
Description: xxiv, 645 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prequel, 1955-1974 : The apprenticeship of Willis Carto --
William Pierce, national socialism, and the National Youth Alliance --
Part one: Emergence, growth, and consolidation, 1974-1986 : The Turner Diaries and resurgence --
David Duke and a new Klan emerge --
The election of 1980: The Klan and Ronald Reagan --
Denying the Holocaust --
Survivalism meets a subcultural "Christian identity" --
Nation and race: Aryan nations, Nehemiah township, and Gordon Kahl --
Christian patriots after Gordon Kahl --
Birth of the first underground --
Enclave nationalism and the order --
Origin of the Populist Party and the break with Reaganism --
Europeans and Southerners at the Institute for Historical Review --
Part two: Mainstreamers and ballots take the lead, 1987-1989 : White riot in Forsyth County on King Day --
David Duke, the Democratic Party candidate --
Crackdown and indictment at Fort Smith --
Before the trial begins --
Seditious conspiracy goes to trial --
Pete Peters's family-style Bible camp for identity believers --
Elections 1988: David Duke and Pat Robertson out on the Hustings --
Populist Party meets in Chicago after David Duke wins a legislator's seat --
Skinhead International in Tennessee --
Part three: The end of anticommunism, 1990-1991 : German unification and the reemergence of nationalism --
The first Persian Gulf War and the realignment of the far right --
The collapse of the Soviet Union and the transformation of white supremacy --
Transatlantic traffic --
Part four: The movement matures, 1992-1993 : The Duke campaign(s) and the Louisiana electorate --
Pat Buchanan runs through the Republican presidential primaries --
The Populist Party goes with Bo Gritz --
The FBI aims for Randy Weaver on Ruby Ridge --
After the shoot-out, the militia --
Clinton's first year and the culture war --
Inferno at Waco and Randy Weaver wins at trial --
A suicide in North Carolina and the birth of resistance records --
Willis Carto loses control of the Institute for Historical Review --
Part five: Against the new world order, 1994-1996 : The common law courts, partners to the militia --
Birth of American Renaissance --
Holocaust denial: to the Moscow station --
Elections 1994: An anti-immigrant voting bloc emerges --
The bell curve: Legitimizing scientific racism --
The Oklahoma City bomb and its immediate aftermath --
The second underground collapses --
(Re)birth of the Council of Conservative Citizens --
The Washington Times fires Sam Francis --
Elections 1996: Pat Buchanan roils the Republicans --
Part six: Mainstreamers and vanguardists at century's end, 1997-2001 : Carto dispossessed --
Resistance Records: Buying and selling in the cyberworld --
After the Oklahoma City bomber(s) are tried, the violence continues --
The United States Congress and the Council of Conservative Citizens --
National Alliance remakes Resistance Records --
Liberty Lobby in bankruptcy court --
The millennium changes --
Elections 2000: The neo-confederate resurgence --
Pat Buchanan and the Reform Party --
The Liberty Lobby fortress crumbles --
Part seven: Prolegomena to the future, 2001-2004 : After September 11, 2001 --
The anti-immigrant movement blossoms --
Willis Carto and William Pierce leave the main stage --
The penultimate moment --
The future.
Responsibility: Leonard Zeskind.
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"More than fifteen years in the making, Blood and Politics is the most comprehensive history to date of the white supremacist movement as it has evolved over the past three-plus decades."-inside jacket.

More than fifteen years in the making, Blood and Politics is the most comprehensive history to date of the white supremacist movement as it has evolved over the past three-plus decades. Leonard Zeskind draws heavily upon court documents, racist publications, and first-person reports, along with his own personal observations. An internationally recognized expert on the subject who received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work, Zeskind ties together seemingly disparate strands from neo-Nazi skinheads, to Holocaust deniers, to Christian Identity churches, to David Duke, to the militia and beyond. Among these elements, two political strategies, mainstreaming and vanguardism, vie for dominance. Mainstreamers believe that a majority of white Christians will eventually support their cause. Vanguardists build small organizations made up of a highly dedicated cadre and plan a naked seizure of power. Zeskind shows how these factions have evolved into a normative social movement that looks like a demographic slice of white America, mostly blue-collar and working middle class, with lawyers and Ph.D.s among its leaders. When the Cold War ended, traditional conservatives helped birth a new white nationalism, most evident now among anti-immigrant organizations. With the dawn of a new millennium, they are fixated on predictions that white people will lose their majority status and become one minority among many. The book concludes with a look to the future, elucidating the growing threat these groups will pose to coming generations. -- Publisher description

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