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America's Biggest Threat!?

Video from Amanpour & Co.

Jan 6 Hearing Tied Trump to “America’s Biggest Threat:” The White Power Mvmt | Amanpour and Company

"To explore the evolution of right-wing extremist groups in America and their connection to Trump, author and historian Kathleen Belew joins Walter Isaacson. Originally aired on July 13, 2022." from video introduction.

Kathleen Belew Biography:

She specializes in the history of the present. She spent ten years researching and writing her first book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard, 2018, paperback 2019). In it, she explores how white power activists created a social movement through a common story about betrayal by the government, war, and its weapons, uniforms, and technologies. By uniting Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi, skinhead, and other groups, the movement mobilized and carried out escalating acts of violence that reached a crescendo in the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City. This movement was never adequately confronted, and remains a threat to American democracy.

Her next book, Home at the End of the World, illuminates our era of apocalypse through a history focused on her native Colorado where, in the 1990s, high-profile kidnappings and murders, right-wing religious ideology, and a mass shooting exposed rents in America’s social fabric, and dramatically changed our relationship with place, violence, and politics (Random House)..from the website: Kathleen Belew

Virtual Harper Lecture: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, featuring Kathleen Belew

Video from The University of Chicago

"Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America The white power movement in America wants a revolution. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview made up of white supremacy and apocalyptic faith. In this talk, Kathleen Belew presents the history of a movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War; made tragic headlines in Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City; and was resurgent under President Trump." from video introduction


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