Blood and Politics by Leonard Zeskind
The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream

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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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Leonard Zeskind has written widely on racism and anti-Semitism for publications such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, The Nation, Rolling Stone, and the Forward.
Published May 12, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 684 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A densely detailed account of the racist right in the last half of the 20th century.

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It's Me, Margaret, which my mother had to explain to me - it was on our Jr High summer reading list - the school librarian admitted to my mom after we went back in the fall that she'd added it by reputation, not having actually read it herself (yet).

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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 s

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