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The color of fascism : Lawrence Dennis, racial passing, and the rise of right-wing extremism in the United States

Author: Gerald Horne
Publisher: New York : New York University Press ; Chesham : Combined Academic [distributor], 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What does it mean that Lawrence Dennis - arguably the "brains" behind U.S. fascism - was born black but spent his entire adult life passing for white? Born in Atlanta in 1893, Dennis began life as a highly touted African American child preacher, touring nationally and arousing audiences with his dark-skinned mother as his escort. However, at some point between leaving prep school and entering Harvard University, he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Named Person: Lawrence Dennis; Lawrence Dennis; Lawrence Dennis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Horne
ISBN: 9780814736869 0814736866 9780814737330 0814737331
OCLC Number: 326418529
Description: pages
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: More Than Passing Strange --
1. Passing Fancy? --
2. Passing Through --
3. Fascism --
4. The Face-of Fascism --
5. Fascism and Betrayal --
6. Approaching Disaster --
7. Framing a Guilty Man? --
8. Fascism on Trial --
9. A Trial on Trial --
10. After the Fall --
11. An Isolationist Isolated? --
12. Passing On --
Notes --
Index --
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