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Encyclopedia of white power : a sourcebook on the radical racist right
Kaplan, Jeffrey, 1954-
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Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, [2000]

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xxxvi, 585 pages ; 24 cm
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"The demonization of the radical right ill serves us when now, more than ever before, it is vitally important to know all we can about this esoteric milieu's nature and the many, we cloak the few, and, however unwittingly, facilitate the existence of evil in the world." --From the Introduction by Jeffrey Kaplan White power groups are universally vilified and feared. But to better understand the threat they pose, scholars and activists must try to better understand their disturbing ideas and practices. In this controversial volume, Jeffrey Kaplan brings to light the workings of white supremacy movements in the United States and Europe in the years since World War II. The first half of the Encyclopedia is made up of over 100 entries--many of them essay-length--describing the people, groups and themes that make up the radical racist right. Some of the entries are written by movement activists themselves, providing useful insider accounts. The second half contains original resources circulated within the movement, each prefaced and placed in scholarly context by the editor. These documents, although offending, are invaluable to researchers and often available nowhere else. Cross-references and an index make the information easily accessible. For scholars of race, religion, politics or social movements, the Encyclopedia of White Power is an essential resource.

Author Notes

Jeffrey Kaplan is the author of Radical Religion in America: Millenarian Movements From the Far Right to the Children of Noah; The Emergence of an Euro-American Radical Right (Co-author); Beyond The Mainstream: The Emergence Of Religious Pluralism In Finland, Estonia And Russia; and is co-editing the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature and The Cultic Mileu Reconsidered. He has published several anthologies as well as a number of articles on the far right and other millenarian movements in Syzygy, Christian Century and Nova Religio. He is currently teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and is working with The Stockholm International Forum on Conscience and Humanity: Combating Intolerance for the government of Sweden.

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Booklist Review

A Fulbright American Studies professor at the University of Helsinki who has written extensively about the U.S. and European radical right wing has brought together a wealth of information. Although some of the contributors are themselves members or former members of radical-right movements, they were asked to neither demonize nor proselytize but create an unbiased historical record. The encyclopedia, which arose from a dissertation, is thus an "insider/outsider approach." The overriding purpose is to gain a greater understanding of the "Euro-American White Power subculture." Among criteria for inclusion are that the movement or individual is strongly racist but not a militia movement focused on the Second Amendment; revolutionary rather than conservative; strongly religious; contemporary rather than historical (with some exceptions, such as Hitler); and representative of eight major categories, such as "Christian Identity," `Ku Klux Klan," and "Youth Scene." Emphasis is on U.S. and Scandinavia, with some coverage of the United Kingdom. Specific examples of topics that are covered include Aryan Nations, Father Joseph Coughlin, David Duke, Internet recruiting, Skinheads, and Waco. More than 100 entries are arranged alphabetically, and many include quotations and excerpts from primary source material as well as fairly in-depth discussion. They conclude with cross-references and further readings. Although some articles are one paragraph in length, others, such as White Power music, are five to seven pages. Following the entries is an extensive selection of movement reports and documents. The encyclopedia would have benefited from further editing. There is much duplication. For example, some of the same information on the American Nazi Party is found in several entries rather than covered once and then cross-referenced. The entry on Randy Weaver has duplication within the same pages. On the whole, however, this is a solid and an important (if expensive) contribution to historical and contemporary understanding of white racism, and academic and large public libraries will want to add it to their collections.

Table of Contents

Glossaryp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. xvii
American Nazi Partyp. 1
Arya Kriyap. 4
Aryan Nationsp. 5
Dave Barleyp. 13
Bathoryp. 13
Louis Beamp. 17
Don Blackp. 23
Black Metalp. 24
James Burfordp. 32
Dan Burrosp. 33
Richard Girnt Butlerp. 35
California Rangersp. 41
Willis Cartop. 42
Else Christensenp. 46
Christian Defense Leaguep. 48
Christian Identityp. 50
Church of the Creatorp. 54
Church of Israelp. 57
Church of Jesus Christ Christianp. 59
Frank Collinp. 60
Committee of the Statesp. 63
Rick Cooperp. 64
Father Charles Coughlinp. 67
Covenant, Sword, and Arm of the Lordp. 71
Harold Covingtonp. 76
Savitri Devip. 91
Elizabeth Dillingp. 96
David Dukep. 98
James Ellisonp. 107
Ralph Forbesp. 111
Joseph Franklinp. 112
William Potter Galep. 115
Dan Gaymanp. 117
Kenneth Goffp. 120
George Eric Hawthornep. 123
Hembygdspartiet [Native Place Party]p. 130
Adolf Hitlerp. 130
Internet Recruitingp. 141
Colin Jordanp. 145
Jostp. 149
Keep Sweden Swedishp. 153
Matthias "Matt" Koehlp. 153
Kreativistens Kyrkap. 158
Ole Krogstadp. 158
Vaino Kuismap. 160
Ku Klux Klanp. 163
David Lanep. 167
Katja Lanep. 169
Gary "Gerhard" Lauckp. 170
Leaderless Resistancep. 173
Bruno Armin Ludtkep. 186
Charles Mansonp. 189
James Masonp. 193
Robert J. Mathewsp. 199
Ron McVanp. 201
Tom Metzgerp. 203
Robert Milesp. 209
Jack Mohrp. 215
David Wulstan Myattp. 216
National Alliancep. 219
National Socialist Kindredp. 220
National Socialist Liberation Frontp. 221
National Socialist Vanguardp. 223
National Socialist White People's Partyp. 224
Odinismp. 229
The Orderp. 233
Order of Nine Anglesp. 235
Pete Petersp. 239
Phineas Priesthoodp. 242
William Piercep. 244
Reichsfolkp. 251
Religion of Naturep. 253
Thom Robbp. 258
George Lincoln Rockwellp. 261
Tommy Rahowa Rydenp. 266
Scriptures for Americap. 275
Skinheads (Origins and Music)p. 276
Skinheads (Norwegian)p. 281
Gerald L. K. Smithp. 284
Richard Wayne Snellp. 291
Rudy Stankop. 294
Wesley Swiftp. 296
Joseph Tommasip. 301
Universal Orderp. 307
Valkyriap. 309
Russell Vehp. 316
Varg Vikernesp. 318
Vitt Ariskt Motsandp. 320
Wacop. 323
James Warnerp. 326
Randy Weaverp. 331
White Aryan Resistancep. 334
White Nationalismp. 338
White Power Music (Aka White Noise Music)p. 339
Gerald Winrodp. 346
Women (Norwegian)p. 349
World Union of National Socialistsp. 352
Wotanism (Jungian)p. 360
Wotansvolkp. 361
Francis Parker Yockeyp. 363
Zionist Occupation Government (ZOG)p. 367
Resourcesp. 373
Part I Movement Reportsp. 375
Deguello Report on the American Right Wingp. 375
A Brief History of White Nationalismp. 417
Part II Various Movement Documentsp. 439
In Hoc Signo Vincesp. 439
The White Party Reportp. 453
Aryan Nations Creedp. 468
Foundations Biography of Aryan Nations Richard G. Butlerp. 471
The Sixteen Commandmentsp. 473
The Movement's Fatal Fascinationp. 475
David Duke: The Messenger and His Messagep. 482
Aryan Destiny: Back to the Landp. 488
88 Preceptsp. 492
Leaderless Resistancep. 503
Reichsfolk--Toward a New Elitep. 512
Why I Am A National-Socialistp. 516
Declaration of Warp. 522
Letter to the Editorp. 526
Alert Update and Advisoryp. 530
What We Believe As White Racistsp. 537
Open Letter to Minister Louis Farrakhanp. 554
James K. Warner Open Letter 1968p. 557
Indexp. 565
Contributorsp. 583