Modern American Extremism and Domestic Terrorism

An Encyclopedia of Extremists and Extremist Groups

by Barry J. Balleck


White nationalist and white separatists, anti-Jewish individuals, holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists, and anti-Muslim groups: all of these extremists are entrenched in American political landscape.

Print Flyer
Cover image for Modern American Extremism and Domestic Terrorism

June 2018


Pages 435
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics American History/Law and Crime
  Security Studies/U.S. Homeland Security

Highlighting a breadth of American individuals and groups that have engaged in extremist behavior across history, this book provides a succinct and concise overview of extremist behavior in the past and examines the increasingly common incidences of hate and extremism in our country today.

Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, extremist and hate groups have seen a resurgence on the American political landscape. Members of these subgroups within the American population have become concerned that the America that they have always known is fading into oblivion, with a majority of individuals in these groups holding fiercely anti-immigration views and adhering to the belief that the United States should not admit large numbers of any group that is not white, Christian, or predominantly European. Others believe that the principles and precepts of the U.S. Constitution have gone by the wayside and that drastic measures are required to protect the underlying tenets that were the essential elements of the Constitution and many of "their" nation's founding principles. How did these individuals come to feel this way, is it possible to bring these impassioned extremists back into the fold, and if so, how?

This book provides comprehensive, illuminating, and sometimes disturbing insights into the individuals, groups, and events that have illustrated "extremist" behavior in post-World War II America. Ranging from the anti-communist rhetoric and activities of the John Birch Society, to the radical socialist ideals of the Black Panthers, to the goals of a "pure" America articulated by white nationalists, this book documents the various extremist elements that shaped the second half of the 20th century as well as the first two decades of the 21st century. Readers will grasp how events in the histories of individuals and groups as well as perceived injustices have lead to the incidences of hate and extremism in American society. The encyclopedic entries of the book are specifically written to accessible to readers without specific knowledge of extremism, political science, or sociology.


  • Helps readers to understand the growing reaction against liberal political policies in the United States
  • Provides insight into the motivations of individuals and groups that insist that the character and culture of the United States has been fundamentally changed by unchecked immigration policies that are, even now, damaging the United States
  • Highlights major extremist events that illustrate extremist ideologies in action
  • Acknowledges and documents the origins of the anger felt by many extremists that they are being "left behind" in modern America
Author Info

Barry J. Balleck, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Georgia Southern University. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master's degree in international studies from Brigham Young University. Balleck received his doctorate in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder with emphases in international relations, American politics, and political theory, and then joined the faculty of Georgia Southern University, where he held a joint appointment in both the Department of Political Science and the Center for International Studies. For the past 20 years, he has also directed Georgia Southern University's Model United Nations (MUN) program, one of the oldest and most continuous programs of its kind in the country. Balleck's primary research and teaching interests are in the fields of international and domestic terrorism, U.S. foreign policy, the rhetoric of politics, the United Nations, and international human rights. He has dozens of conference presentations to his credit and has published in journals such as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Politics & Policy, and Peace Psychology Review. His most recent publication is Praeger's Allegiance to Liberty: The Changing Face of Patriots, Militias, and Political Violence in America.



"An excellent, perceptive primer on American extremism and domestic terrorism for general readers and serious researchers alike."Library Journal, Starred Review

Look Inside

Other Titles of Interest

Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism In Modern American History cover image9/11 and the War on Terror cover imageThe War on Terror Encyclopedia cover image
Encyclopedia of Terrorism cover imageRevolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History cover imageEncyclopedia of Populism in America cover image

Product Search

Product Search

Publication Year



Need Help? Try our Search Tips