By Evelyn A. Schlatter
During the final 3rd of the 20 th century, white supremacists moved, either actually and within the collective mind's eye, from dead night rides via Mississippi to broadband-wired cabins in Montana. yet whereas rural Montana could be at the geographical edge of the rustic, white supremacist teams weren't driven there, and they're faraway from "fringe parts" of society, as many americans wish to think. Evelyn Schlatter's startling research describes what number of the recent white supremacist teams within the West have co-opted the region's mythology and surroundings according to longstanding ideals approximately American personality and happen future to form an natural, home-grown movement.
Dissatisfied with the urbanized, culturally revolutionary coasts, disenfranchised by means of affirmative motion and immigration, white supremacists have chanced on new desire within the outdated perfect of the West as a land of chance ready to be settled through self-reliant conventional households. a few even envision the area as a possible white native land. teams resembling Aryan countries, The Order, and Posse Comitatus use arguable concerns similar to affirmative motion, anti-Semitism, immigration, and faith to create sympathy for his or her extremist perspectives between mainstream whites—while providing a "solution" within the renowned notion of the West as a spot of freedom, chance, and break out from glossy society. Aryan Cowboys exposes the exclusionist message of this "American" perfect, whereas documenting its risky appeal.
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Extra info for Aryan Cowboys: White Supremacists and the Search for a New Frontier, 1970-2000
13 September 1926. The Klan enjoyed remarkable success during its second incarnation, roughly 1915 –1928. By the time of the Great Depression, Klan inﬂuence would wane as a result of several internal scandals and changing economic situations. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, lc-usz62-59666. 01-T3862 8/21/06 12:59 PM Page 32 32 aryan cowboys country: new styles of clothing, sexually suggestive dances, and tantalizing motion pictures were sapping America’s strength and encouraging a general social and moral decay.
Members had to be white men, however, and they had to profess to uphold the doctrine of white supremacy. This earliest incarnation of the Klan incorporated aspects of both vigilantism (operating outside the law) and fraternalism, in which secret rituals and ceremonies worked not only to bond men to each other and to the cause itself, but also to terrorize the group’s targeted enemies. Cross-burnings and night raids in white robes and hoods lent a frightening air of mystery and deadly danger to the Klan, on which it capitalized in its campaigns.
112 After Long’s assassination in 1935, Smith made an unsuccessful bid for power in Louisiana. He then attempted to develop a national third party with Francis Townsend, a physician who wanted to provide a pension plan for the elderly, and Father Charles Coughlin, the nationally known radio personality who became a 01-T3862 8/21/06 12:59 PM Page 35 introduction: the ties that bind 35 virulent anti-Semite. 113 Following Lemke’s defeat, the Union Party crumbled beneath the egos of Smith and Coughlin.
Aryan Cowboys: White Supremacists and the Search for a New Frontier, 1970-2000 by Evelyn A. Schlatter