The Farrakhan phenomenon: race, reaction, and the paranoid style in American politics

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Georgetown University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
In this penetrating critical analysis of Louis Farrakhan's ascent to national influence, Robert Singh argues that the minister's rise to prominence is a function of race and reaction in contemporary America. Singh probes the origins and significance of Farrakhan in American politics. Drawing on published and unpublished records, personal interviews, and Farrakhan's writings and speeches, Singh places Farrakhan expressly within the "paranoid style" of such reactionaries as Jesse Helms and Joseph McCarthy. Examining Farrakhan's biographical details, religious beliefs, political strategies and relative influence, Singh argues that Farrakhan is an extreme conservative who exploits both black-white divisions and conflicts within the African-American community for personal advancement.

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Contents

NIGHTMARE
62
The Theology and Ideology
81
AUTHORITARIANISM POPULISM AND THE PARANOID STYLE
146
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