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Party Of Fear The From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American HistoryWhy for two hundred years have Fear The PDFEPUB #10003 some American citizens seen this country as an endangered Eden to be purged of corrupting peoples or ideas by any means necessaryTo the Know Nothings of the s the enemy was Irish immigrants To the Ku Klux Klan Party Of PDF or it was Jews blacks and socialists To. I must admit to somewhat mixed feelings about this book During the course of reading it I have written almost three pages of highly critical frankly nit picky notes on problems with the sources structure methodology and the factual errors I caught If I just uploaded those notes to this review the reader would come away with the idea that I hated this book And there really are some problems with it so I will use those notes to some degree to address those However I really didn’t want to limit this review to that because I actually enjoyed reading it a great deal Therefore I’m going to try to start out the review by focusing on the positive and only get into the criticisms once I get past what makes the book worthwhileThis book was one of the first attempts by an American historian to make a comprehensive survey of the far right in America tying together movements as diverse as anti Masonry traditional nativism the KKK McCarthyism neo Nazis and televangelists in a single narrative thread What is really interesting and useful in this approach is having all of this history which clearly is related in one place Although there is considerably in depth scholarship on any one of these subjects than Bennett can offer in a single volume what he has created is a go to source for the broad sweep of “outsider” conservatism throughout the history of the USA It’s sort of like a The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film of right wing movements Bennett’s writing is lively and interesting; he’s clearly having fun with the subject matter even though it is eually clear he’s approaching it from a comfortably moderate liberal academic standpoint The strongest and longest chapter of Part I deals with the “Know Nothing” Party or American Party of the mid 19th century This was something I didn’t previously know about so this was especially interesting to me Apparently the Know Nothings arose during a period when the traditional US two party system was in a moment of instability with the Whig Party in decline and the Republicans not yet strong enough to replace them What is interesting is the linking of the anti Masonic movement earlier in the nineteenth century to an organization largely patterned on Masonic traditions including degrees initiations and oaths of secrecy Also of interest is the curious involvement of relatively mainstream politicians such as Millard Fill in a movement that appears “extremist” to modern eyes I did note some problems with sources here particularly a propensity for very outdated secondary sources but this section was definitely very informative for meSo far as I can tell this book represented the last large scale work of scholarship in Bennett’s career he’s listed as “Emeritus” at Syracuse now Professors often like to end their career with a “big” work of synthesis that ties all the little specialized pieces they’ve focused on in the past into a kind of unified theoretical structure often tying it in to contemporary events to demonstrate relevance This gives them a chance to say “this is why I spent my life doing what I’ve been doing all this time” Unfortunately this often comes at a point in life when the professor is past being able to do the kind of rigorous archives sifting they managed in their grad student days or what is worse when their memory and intellectual sharpness is beginning to be impaired I think Bennett may have been able to hear

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Party Of Fear The From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History Download Û 5 ´ ➝ Party Of Fear The From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History free download ➢ Author David H. Bennett – Why for two hundred years havGroups 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 Of Fear The Epub #225 the s is the first book to reveal the common values and anxieties that lie beneath the s. I'm not sure all the parts of this one uite add up to a wholeThe chapters covering antebellum nativism and the Know Nothing Party are excellent providing summary and analysis of a political movement that is all to often reduced to a few choice paragraphs in the standard American History textbook a topic mentioned and then uickly forgotten by all but the most fastidious students This section is by far the meatiest part of the book and highly recommendedFrom thereI'm not sure The text claims to provide a history of the Far Right throughout American History but I'm not convinced there is actually a history there to be told Certainly there are similarities and connections that can be made but I'm not entirely certain that the Left Right spectrum appliesFor instance Bennett himself points out that in some cases nativist parties actually evolved into movements of reform in the Northeast attaching themselves to causes we would generally consider non conservative Where exactly is the continuity between the mid 19th century Anglo Protestant voter who wished to restrict Irish immigration was an abolitionist supported women's suffrage and supported temperance and the late 20th century militia member who fears that a hidden cabal of globalist bankers are plotting to use the United Nations to destroy American sovereigntyIf there is such a lineage there I find it a tenuous oneIn any case The Party of Fear reads less as a cohesive history of a single movement and like a series of lengthy essays documenting periods of American history when some of the worst aspects of the American character were exacerbated and found outlets in mass movements that enjoyed broad support throughout the public Know Nothingism the resurgent Ku Klux Klan the Coughlinites McCarthyism the Moral MajorityThis is unsanitized American history and whatever shortcomings of thesis the book suffers it remains worthwhile reading in the present era an era when the Far Right seems no longer that far off at all

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Eeming diversity of the far right From the anti Catholic riots that convulsed Philadelphia in to the bombing in Oklahoma City it casts a brilliant cautionary Of Fear The From Nativist eBook #237 light not only on our political fringes but on the ways in which ordinary Americans define themselves and demonize outside. 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 attempt to place nativism at the center of the far right America he traces back to colonial times but it's not convincing and he strains trying to connect nativism to later reactionary movements before abandoning the attempt when discussing the 90s militia movement The real subject of this book isn't nativism; it's fear and loathing and it's terrific discussing those feelings And to Bennett's credit on the last page he appears to predict the rise of the Tea Party