The Party of Fear: From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 20, 2011 - History
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Why, for two hundred years, have some American citizens seen this country as an endangered Eden, to be purged of corrupting peoples or ideas by any means necessary?

To the Know-Nothings of the 1850s, the enemy was Irish immigrants. To the Ku Klux Klan, it was Jews, blacks, and socialists. To groups like the Michigan Militia, the enemy is the government itself -- and some of them are willing to take arms against it. The Party of Fear -- which has now been updated to examine the right-wing resurgence of the 1990s -- is the first book to reveal the common values and anxieties that lie beneath the seeming diversity of the far right. From the anti-Catholic riots that convulsed Philadelphia in 1845 to the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, it casts a brilliant, cautionary light not only on our political fringes but on the ways in which ordinary Americans define themselves and demonize outsiders.


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The party of fear: from nativist movements to the New Right in American history

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In this most comprehensive of works covering right-wing movements in the United States since colonial times, Bennett (history, Syracuse) argues that members earnestly sought to defend the country from ... Read full review

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This was a really good book that was ridiculously informative. Bennett gets how the far right thinks, and has interesting insights. It's also a weirdly funny book. Bennett's biggest flaw is the ... Read full review

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