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Religion and the racist right : the origins of the Christian Identity movement

Author: Michael Barkun
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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According to Michael Barkun, many white supremacist groups of the radical right, such as the Aryan Nations, the Order, the Posse Comitatus, and elements of the Ku Klux Klan, are deeply committed to the distinctive but little-recognized religious position known as Christian Identity. In Religion and the Racist Right, Barkun provides the first sustained exploration of the ideological and organizational development of
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barkun, Michael.
Religion and the racist right.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)609238522
Online version:
Barkun, Michael.
Religion and the racist right.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)623905796
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Barkun
ISBN: 0807821454 9780807821459 0807844519 9780807844519
OCLC Number: 28927725
Description: xiii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The origins of British-Israelism --
British-Israelism in America : the early years 1870-1928 --
British-Israelism and anti-semitism : the Anglo-Saxon Federation of America 1928-1945 --
Creating Christian Identity 1937-1975 --
British-Israel millennialism --
Christian Identity's millenarian vision of history --
The demonization of the Jews 1 : racial anti-semitism --
The demonization of the Jews 2 : children of Cain --
The demonization of the Jews 3 : "Satan's spawn" --
Racial politics --
The order and territorial separation --
Conclusion : the politics of ultimacy.
Responsibility: Michael Barkun.

Abstract:

According to Michael Barkun, many white supremacist groups of the radical right, such as the Aryan Nations, the Order, the Posse Comitatus, and elements of the Ku Klux Klan, are deeply committed to the distinctive but little-recognized religious position known as Christian Identity. In Religion and the Racist Right, Barkun provides the first sustained exploration of the ideological and organizational development of the Christian Identity movement.

Describing its origins in a small but vigorous movement in Victorian England called British-Israelism, Barkun traces the fascinating history of Christian Identity as it traveled from England to America and developed into a virulently anti-Semitic theology based on a vision of the world on the verge of an apocalyptic struggle between good and evil.

According to the tenets of Christian Identity, this struggle will take the form of a race war in which Aryans, the descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, will battle against Jews, the descendants of the Devil.

Barkun argues that since the 1970s, Identity doctrine has become the single most important religious position on the racist right, despite its small size and lack of public prominence. He demonstrates that it is currently a force behind much right-wing political activity and was conspicuous within the circles of David Duke supporters.

Based on a systematic reading of Identity literature, much of it rare and obscure, and the correspondence of Identity figures, Religion and the Racist Right enables us to understand Christian Identity's history and the role it plays in the ideology of the most violence-prone segments of the extreme right.

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