Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream
More than fifteen years in the making, Blood and Politics is the most comprehensive history to date of the white supremacist movement as it has evolved over the past three-plus decades. Leonard Zeskind draws heavily upon court documents, racist publications, and first-person reports, along with his own personal observations.
An internationally recognized expert on the subject who received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work, Zeskind ties together seemingly disparate strands—from neo-Nazi skinheads, to Holocaust deniers, to Christian Identity churches, to David Duke, to the militia and beyond. Among these elements, two political strategies—mainstreaming and vanguardism—vie for dominance. Mainstreamers believe that a majority of white Christians will eventually support their cause. Vanguardists build small organizations made up of a highly dedicated cadre and plan a naked seizure of power. Zeskind shows how these factions have evolved into a normative social movement that looks like a demographic slice of white America, mostly blue-collar and working middle class, with lawyers and Ph.D.s among its leaders.
When the Cold War ended, traditional conservatives helped birth a new white nationalism, most evident now among anti-immigrant organizations. With the dawn of a new millennium, they are fixated on predictions that white people will lose their majority status and become one minority among many. The book concludes with a look to the future, elucidating the growing threat these groups will pose to coming generations.
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Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the MainstreamUser Review - Book Verdict
Zeskind has written one of the most comprehensive examinations of white supremacy, focusing on the past four decades. The title alone suggests the increased influence the white supremacy movement has ... Read full review
BLOOD AND POLITICS: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the MainstreamUser Review - Kirkus
A densely detailed account of the racist right in the last half of the 20th century.Civil-rights activist Zeskind writes that he first encountered the white supremacist/nationalist movement in the ... Read full review
MAINSTREAMERS AND BALLOTS TAKE THE LEAD 19871989
THE END OF ANTICOMMUNISM 19901991
THE MOVEMENT MATURES 19921993