Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism In Modern American History

by Stephen E. Atkins


In the last decade, many previously homogenous communities in the United States experienced something unfamiliar: immigrants—primarily Hispanic—were arriving in their towns. Ku Klux Klan groups and other American right-wing extremists have latched onto the concern and uncertainty in these areas, capitalizing upon anti-immigration sentiments to recruit new members and expand their influence.

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September 2011


Pages 345
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics American History/Politics

This encyclopedia covers American right-wing extremist groups and extremism from the 1930s to the present day, including neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and various anti-government organizations.

Right-wing extremism in America has had an established presence from the 1930s through the present day. The election of America's first African-American president and the resuscitation of "big government" policymaking have stimulated a reaction from, and a reemergence of, right-wing extremists, Neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, and white supremacists. Unfortunately, it seems Americans are still living in an age of extremism.

The Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in Modern American History provides useful, authoritative information about these groups and their histories, covering conservative extremism from the 1930s onward, such as white supremacist groups and neo-Nazis, Christian Identity and other right-wing religious movements, and anti-American government extremists. An introductory overview, insightful conclusion chapter, and useful, up-to-date bibliography are also included.


  • Chronological presentation of the specific groups and organizations provides historical insight into the development of right-wing extremism
  • Provides an up-to-date bibliography for further reading
  • Thorough cross-referencing of sources


  • Contains timely and relevant information about radical right-wing groups that may increase their activities in response to a Democratic, African-American president in office through 2012
  • Offers a broad range of information, including in-depth coverage of religious, political, and military groups from 1930 to the present
Author Info

Stephen E. Atkins was associate university librarian for collection management at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. His published works include Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups, Praeger's The 9/11 Encyclopedia, and Greenwood's Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy, which won a Booklist Editors' Choice Award in 2000.



"An excellent starting point for those interested in exploring American fringe political movements since 1930, especially considering that the 2008 election of a liberal African American president has spurred increased activities from some of the movements documented here. Divided into three sections (white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, far-right religious movements, anti­government extremists), each entry provides rich insight into nearly 1,000 fringe and not-so-fringe (e.g., the Ku Klux Klan) movements. With extensive notes and a meticulous bibliography."Library Journal Online, Starred Review

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