Fascism in America: Past and Present

Fascism in America: Past and Present

Fascism in America: Past and Present

Fascism in America: Past and Present


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Has fascism arrived in America? In this pioneering book, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld and Janet Ward have gathered experts to survey the history of fascism in the United States. Although the US established a staunch anti-fascist reputation by defeating the Axis powers in World War II, the unsettling truth is that fascist ideas have long been present within American society. Since the election of Donald Trump as President in 2016, scholars have debated whether Trumpism should be seen as an outgrowth of American conservatism or of a darker – and potentially fascist – tradition. Fascism in America contributes to this debate by examining the activities of interwar right-wing groups like the Silver Shirts, the KKK, and the America First movement, as well as the post-war rise of Black antifascism and white vigilantism, the representation of American Nazis in popular culture, and policy options for combating right-wing extremism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781009337434
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2023
Pages: 461
Sales rank: 108,952
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Gavriel D. Rosenfeld is President of the Center for Jewish History and Professor of History at Fairfield University. He is the author or editor of eight books on the Nazi era, including The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism since World War II (2019) and Hi Hitler! How the Nazi Past Is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture (2014).

Janet Ward is an American Council on Education Fellow at Yale University, and Brammer Presidential Professor of History and Faculty Fellow for Strategic Initiatives (DFCAS) at the University of Oklahoma. Past President of the German Studies Association, she is the author or co-editor of seven books, including Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity (2014) and the forthcoming Sites of Holocaust Memory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fascism in America: Past and Present Gavriel D. Rosenfeld and Janet Ward; Part I. Strategic Thinking about Fascism: 1. Liberalism in crisis: what is fascism and where does it come from? Geoff Eley; 2. Anarchy and the state of nature in Donald Trump's America and Adolf Hitler's Germany Thomas Weber; 3. 'America first': nationalism, nativism and the fascism question, 1880–2020 Matthew Specter and Varsha Venkatasubramanian; Part II. Homegrown Nazis: 4. The American Fascists Linda Gordon; 5. Hitler at the ballot box? Support for fascism among American elected officials Bradley W. Hart; 6. Fascism and antisemitism in 1930s America: the genocidal vision of the silver shirts Richard Steigmann-Gall; Part III. White Anti-Democratic Violence and Black Antifascist Activism: 7. Vigilantism and fascism in the Pacific Northwest: an insurgent tradition renewed Alexander Reid Ross; 8. 'A heritage of fascists without labels': black antifascism and the productive politics of analogy Anna F. Duensing; 9. 'No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA': African American activists fight fascism, 1960–1980s Ousmane K. Power-Greene; Part IV. Countering Fascism in Culture and Policy: 10. Fascism in American culture: how alternate a history? Gavriel D. Rosenfeld; 11. Concentration camps in Trump's America? Marla Stone; 12. Formulating policy responses to the right-wing threat Cynthia Miller-Idriss; Epilogue Ruth Ben-Ghiat.
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