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Right in Michigan's grassroots : from the KKK to the Michigan militia

Author: JoEllen McNergney Vinyard
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2011.
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Overview: Throughout the twentieth century, Michigan became home to nearly every political movement in America that emerged from the grassroots. Citizens organized on behalf of concerns on the "left," on the "right," and in the "middle of the road." Right in Michigan's Grassroots: From the KKK to the Michigan Militia is about the people who supported movements that others, then and later, would denounce as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: JoEllen McNergney Vinyard
ISBN: 9780472071593 0472071599 9780472051595 0472051598 9780472027637 0472027638
OCLC Number: 687681196
Description: xi, 363 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Nineteenth-century legacy --
Ku Klux Klan --
1: Weaving a tangled web: the Great War and its aftermath --
2: Americans we: people of the KKK --
3: Klan in action --
Father Charles E Coughlin and the Union for Social Justice --
4: Hard, harder, hardest of times --
5: Ballots-not bullets! --
6: Center restored --
Anti-communism and the John Birch Society --
7: Better dead than red --
8: Extremism in defense of influence: the John Birch Society --
9: Other options, other causes --
Michigan militia --
10: Duty of defense: organizing the Michigan militia --
11: Unorganized, organized militia --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: JoEllen McNergney Vinyard.

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Overview: Throughout the twentieth century, Michigan became home to nearly every political movement in America that emerged from the grassroots. Citizens organized on behalf of concerns on the "left," on the "right," and in the "middle of the road." Right in Michigan's Grassroots: From the KKK to the Michigan Militia is about the people who supported movements that others, then and later, would denounce as disgraceful-members of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s, the followers of Father Charles Coughlin in the 1930s, anti-Communists and the John Birch Society in the post-World War II era, and the members of the Michigan Militia who first appeared in the 1990s. The book explores the complex historical circumstances in Michigan that prompted the emergence of these organizations and led everyday men and women to head off, despite ridicule or condemnation, with plans unsanctioned and tactics unorthodox, variously brandishing weapons of intimidation, discrimination, fear mongering, and terror. Drawing heavily on primary sources, including the organizations' files and interviews with some of their leaders and surviving members, JoEllen Vinyard provides a far more complete portrait of these well-known extremist groups than has ever been available.

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