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Many collections have been compiled documenting the effects of communism, socialism, and other left-wing philosophies on the development of American social, political, and economic life. The right wing, too, has had a strong and constant impact on twentieth-century American history. And until recently, valuable literature recording the thoughts, philosophies, and practices of various right-wing organizations has not been available from any single, comprehensive source.

This major microfilm collection allows students and scholars access to a wealth of right-wing literature. Researchers in political science, philosophy, history, and radical thought will use this essential material to gain a balanced perspective on the middle ground American political thought has taken in response to the polarized influences of both left and right-wing groups. All permutations of right-wing thought can be examined with these documents, which include periodicals, newsletters, pamphlets, flyers, and broadsides. The dominant types of literature featured are:

  • anti-black
  • anti-communist
  • anti-Semitic
  • conservative
  • Christian fundamentalist
  • Anglo-lsraelite
  • Libertarian

The collection was begun by Ralph Ellsworth, a pioneer scholar of the right wing, and is unrivaled in its sweeping coverage from the 1920s to the mid-1970s. The holdings from the University of Iowa have been supplemented by literature housed in several other institutions such as Harvard College Library, California State University at Fullerton Library, and Tulane University Library.

Represented is a broad overview of right-wing, conservative, and libertarian thought, encompassing every geographic region of the United States. Many of the titles included are not available anywhere else. Featured are such titles as:

  • Attack (American Nazi Party)
  • The Fiery Cross (United Klans of America)
  • Gentile News (Gentile Cooperative Association)
  • Liberty Letter (the Liberty Lobby)
  • Through to Victory (Lutheran Laymen for Christ and Country)
  • The White Nationalist (American White Nationalist Party)

The largest and most significant collection of its kind, this material is indispensable for a thorough and scholarly study of the history of the right wing and its effects on American life.

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