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

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

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

  • Title: The Party of Fear: From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History
  • Author: David H. Bennett
  • ISBN: 9780679767213
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofWhy, 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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    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 wa [...]

    I'm not sure all the parts of this one quite add up to a whole.The 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 quickly forgotten by all but the most fastidious students. This section is by far the meatiest part of the book and highly recommended.From there.I'm not sure. The text cla [...]

    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 n [...]

    Author seems a little delusional. He wrote two editions one published in 1988 and the second after the Oklahoma bombing, including a new chapter on militia movements. Generally he is a liberal but tends to dismiss right wing hate groups as aberrations and no real force in American politics or a limited one at best. Very hopeful guy with eyes shut tight to reality, especially as we are experiencing it in 2017. Still worth a read and has lots of information on the roots of racist and nativist orga [...]

    Has some of the drawbacks of an academic book from the perspective of a casual reader (sort of plodding; unassimilated data to wade through) but smart and fascinating and ultimately not very encouraging. Apparently, we've always been like this.

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