William Dudley Pelley: A Life in Right-Wing Extremism And the Occult (Google eBook)

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Syracuse University Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 269 pages
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The first full-length biography of William Dudley Pelley, an important figure in the development of right-wing extremism in the United States called by detractors the Star-Spangled Fascist. William Dudley Pelley was one of the most important figures of the anti-Semitic radical right in the twentieth century. Best remembered as the leader of the paramilitary Silver Shirts, Pelley was also an award-winning short story writer, Hollywood screenwriter, and religious leader. During the Depression Pelley was a notorious presence in American politics; he ran for president on a platform calling for the ghettoization of American Jews and was a defendant in a headline-grabbing sedition trial thanks to his unwavering support for Nazi Germany.
  

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Contents

Early Years 18901915
1
Paris and Asia 19161919
17
Hollywood 19201927
33
Seven Minutes in Eternity 19281929
51
Liberation 19301932
62
Silver Shirts 1933
79
Extremists 1934
94
Tribulation 19341936
105
Silver Shirts Redux 19371939
117
Sedition
131
Soulcraft 19501965
144
Epilogue
159
Notes
167
Bibliography
235
Index
267
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Scott Beekman is visiting assistant professor of history at Ohio University.

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