Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia

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Peter Knight
ABC-CLIO, 2003 - History - 925 pages
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The first comprehensive history of conspiracies and conspiracy theories in the United States.

* Over 300 A-Z entries on various events, ideas, and persons, as well as crucial supporting and refuting evidence, and competing explanations for the origins, history, and popularity of this mode of political thought

* Primary documents from organizations promoting conspiracy theories

* Contributions from over 100 international scholars with a full range of historical expertise

* Separate section containing about 100 illustrative extracts covering the full range of American history, each with a brief headnote placing it in context

 

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So much myth, mysticism and mayhem are interwoven with the fiber of Western ideology and the shaping of social paranoia. If ever there was a need to weed facts from fiction, Peter Knight should be given the honors for carrying the torch of truth. This is job well done and research well documented. Many Alien, Reptilian and Illuminati sightings can now be safely guided towards that heap of irrational dribble. 

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Contents

A Historical Overview
1
Making Sense of Conspiracy Theories
15
Abolitionism
27
Abortion
33
African Americans
35
Agent Orange
40
AIDS
42
Alien and Sedition Acts
48
Ku Klux Klan
415
LaRouche Lyndon
423
Leislers Rebellion
424
Lennon John Shooting of
426
Lewis Meriwether
428
Libertarianism
431
Liberty Lobby
432
Liddy G Gordon
433

American Indian Movement
55
American Protective Association
58
American Revolution
59
Anarchists
62
AntiCatholicism
63
Anticommunism
68
AntiFederalists
73
AntiMasonic Party
75
AntiRent War
77
Antisemitism
79
Apocalypticism
85
Area 51
91
Arnold Benedict
92
Aryan Nations
94
Asian Americans
95
Atomic Secrets
97
Aurora
100
B25 Ghost Bomber
103
Bacons Rebellion
104
Banco Nazionale del Lavoro
105
Bank of Credit and Commerce International
106
Bank of England
108
Bank of the United States
110
Bank War
112
Barruel Abbé
115
Bay of Pigs Invasion
117
Beam Louis
119
Bell Art
120
Berg Alan
121
Biddle Nicholas
122
Bilderbergers
123
Black Helicopters
124
Black Panthers
126
Booth John Wilkes
128
Boston Massacre
130
Boston Tea Party
132
British Royal Family
134
Brown John
135
Brown Scare
137
Brussell Mae
140
Bryan William Jennings
141
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
143
Burr Aaron
145
Burroughs William S
147
Bush George
149
Cambodia Secret Bombing of
151
Castro Fidel
152
Cattle Mutilations
153
Central Intelligence Agency
155
Chambers Whittaker
159
Chappaquiddick
162
Chicago 7
165
Christian Identity
167
Christian Science
168
Church of the SubGenius
170
Civil Rights Movement
171
Clan of the Mystic Confederacy
174
Clinton Bill and Hillary
175
Clinton Body Count
177
Cocaine
179
Coercive Acts
184
COINTELPRO
185
Cold War
189
Constitution US
196
Contrails
197
The Conway Cabal
199
Copperheads
201
Corporations
203
Coughlin Father Charles
207
Council on Foreign Relations
210
Covert Action Quarterly
212
Crédit Mobilier Scandal
213
Cronenberg David
214
Cuban Missile Crisis
216
DeLillo Don
219
DemocraticRepublican Societies
220
Dick Philip K
222
Disunion Fears of
224
Dollar Bill
226
Domestic Terrorism
227
Dominion Theology
232
Donnelly Ignatius
233
The Dorr War
234
Drugs
236
Encryption
241
Eugenics
243
Executive Intelligence Review
245
Farrakhan Louis
247
Federal Bureau of Investigation
248
Federal Emergency Management Agency
250
Federal Reserve System
252
Film and Conspiracy Theory
255
Fluoridation
263
Ford Henry
265
Foster Vince
267
Freemasonry
269
Freemen
275
Fugitive Slave Act
276
Genet Citizen Edmond Charles
279
German Americans and World War I
281
Ghost Dance Religion
282
Gold Standard
285
The Green Corn Rebellion
289
Gulf War Syndrome
290
Hackers
293
Hamilton Alexander
296
Harding Warren G
297
Hartford Convention
300
Hawaii Attempted US Takeover of
302
Haymarket Bombing
304
Health Scares
306
Hearst William Randolph
311
Hiss Alger
313
Hoffa Jimmy
317
Hollywood Ten
318
Holocaust Denial of
321
Hoover J Edgar
324
House UnAmerican Activities Committee
325
Hughes Howard
328
Hutchinson Anne
330
Identification Cards
333
Illuminati
335
The Illuminatus Trilogy
339
Income Tax and the Internal Revenue Service
341
Industrial Workers of the World
344
Internet
347
IranContra
349
Irish Republican Army
353
The Iron Heel
354
Jackson Andrew
357
Japanese Americans
364
Jefferson Thomas
366
Jesuits
369
Jewish Defense League
371
John Birch Society
373
Johnson Lyndon Baines
374
Jonestown
377
KAL 007
381
Kennedy John F Assassination of
383
Kennedy Robert F Assassination of
397
King Martin Luther Jr Assassination of
402
Kissinger Henry
410
KnowNothings
412
Koch Brothers
414
Lincoln Abraham Assassination of
435
Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
441
Lindsey Hal
445
Long Huey
446
LSD
447
Lusitania Sinking of
449
Mafia
451
Mailer Norman
453
Malcolm X Assassination of
454
The Manchurian Candidate
457
Manson Charles
459
McCarthy Joseph
460
MexicanAmerican War
464
Microsoft
466
Militias
467
Millenarianism
476
Millerites
478
Mind Control
480
MJ12
489
MKULTRA
490
The Molly Maguires
492
Monk Maria
495
Monroe Marilyn
498
Moon Landings
500
Moonies
503
Morgan John Pierpont
505
Morgan William
507
Mormonism
508
Morse Jedidiah
511
MOVE
513
Muhammad Elijah
515
Nation of Islam
517
National Rifle Association
518
National Security Agency
520
Native Americans
522
Nativism
529
NeoNazis
533
New World Order
536
Newburgh Conspiracy
539
Nixon Richard
541
Nuclear Freeze Movement
542
Nullification
544
October Surprise
547
Octopus
550
Oklahoma City Bombing
553
Onassis Aristotle
557
OneWorld Government
558
Operation Paperclip
560
Opinion Polls about Conspiracy Theories
561
Oswald Lee Harvey
564
Pakula Alan J
571
Panama Canal
574
Paranoia
576
Patriarchy
578
Pearl Harbor
579
Pentagon Papers
582
Philadelphia Experiment
583
Pierce William L
585
Pontiac Chief
587
Populism
589
Posse Comitatus
591
Pound Ezra
592
Protocols of the Elders of Zion
595
Puritans
597
Pynchon Thomas
601
Quebec Act
605
Rap
607
Reagan Ronald Attempted Assassination of
609
Red Scare
610
Red Summer of 1919
614
Regulator Movement
617
Report from Iron Mountain
618
RICO
619
Robertson Pat
620
Robison John
621
Rockefeller Family
623
Roosevelt Franklin Delano
624
Roswell
627
Ruby Jack
630
Ruby Ridge
632
Sacco and Vanzetti
637
Salem Witch Trials
639
San Francisco Vigilance Committee
640
Satanic Ritual Abuse
642
Savings and Loan Crisis
643
Scaife Richard Mellon
645
Scientology
646
Secular Humanism
647
September 11
648
Seventh Day Adventists
651
Shays Rebellion
652
Silver Shirts
653
Skolnick Sherman
655
Skull and Bones Society
656
Slave Power
658
Slave Revolts
662
Smith Gerald L K
666
Society of the Cincinnati
667
Spotlight
669
Stamp Act
670
Steamshovel Press
672
Stock Market Crash of 1929
673
Stone Oliver
675
Stono Rebellion
679
Students for a Democratic Society
680
Subliminal Advertising
682
Survivalism
683
Tobacco Industry
685
Toledo War
686
Tonkin Gulf Incidents
689
Torbitt Document
690
Trilateral Commission
691
Trusts
692
Turner Nat
694
TWA 800
696
UFOs
699
The Unabomber
705
The United Nations
707
Universal Price Codes
709
Venona
713
Vesey Denmark
714
Waco
717
Walker William
719
Wall Street
721
Warren Commission Report
723
Watergate
725
Weathermen
731
Whiskey Rebellion
733
White Slave Trade
735
Whitewater
737
Witchcraft
739
The XFiles
743
XYZ Affair
745
Y2K
747
Yalta Conference
748
Yellow Journalism
750
Yippies
752
Zenger John Peter
755
Zimmermann Telegram
756
ZOG
758
Primary Source Documents
759
Index
889
About the Editor
925
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Peter Knight, PhD, is a lecturer in American studies at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England.

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