Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-right and Left Political Groups in the US, Europe, and Australia

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Unique primary source content paired with powerful technology for studying the development, actions, and ideologies behind twentieth-century extremism.

The latest in Gale’s award-winning program of primary source collections supporting social and cultural history in the 20th century this archive combines four substantial source collections containing content on far-right and fascist movements, alongside significant coverage of radical left groups, allowing researchers to access material from both sides, and providing points for comparison.

Through the process of painstakingly selecting, categorizing and keying document information manually we have created robust metadata. This process enables this collection to be available on the Gale Primary Sources which uses powerful search technology like data visualization and cross-archival searching. The pairing of exclusive content and powerful technology in this unique resource will allow researchers to make connections not previously discoverable and generate new insights in the history of extremism.

A deeper look at the sub-collections:
American Radicalism Collection

Started in 1970 at Michigan State University in response to radical student movements on campus materials included extend into the early 2000’s. This collection of ephemera is particularly rich with content related to the American Left and anti-war movements. The collection evolved over time and also includes materials on the radical right from groups like the John Birch Society, and the Klu Klux Klan. The broad reach of The American Radicalism Collection makes it inherently useful to advanced scholars, especially in the fields of American history, American studies, political science, gender studies, and gay and lesbian studies.

The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda

The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda, from Brown University, includes printed propaganda from US anti-integrationist, anti-Semitic and racist groups from the post-World War II period to the present. The collection began when Gordon Hall, a young veteran of the Pacific Theatre during the war, first encountered the printed propaganda issued by domestic hate-your-neighbor organizations/groups in the late 1940's. Includes publications of Anti-Abortion organizations; Anti-Integrationist organizations; Anti-Semitic and Racist political parties; Christian Identity organizations; Communist organizations; Communist political parties; Communist publishers; Congressional investigating committees; Cults and Alternative religions; Extreme Left-Wing publishers; Ku Klux Klan organizations; LaRouche organizations; Marxist-Leninist organizations; Militant Anti-Communist organizations; Militant Populist organizations; Neo-Nazi organizations; Pacifist organizations; Racial and Ethnic Consciousness organizations; Right-Wing Christian religious organizations; and Right-Wing publishers.

The Searchlight Archives

This collection held at the University of Northampton in the UK, consists of documents from Searchlight Associates, an information service founded in 1967 that aimed to expose racist and fascist groups. Included in the archive is the full run of the organizations accompanying publication Searchlight magazine. The archive is the largest of its kind in Europe and includes many extremist journals, as well as many crucial internal documents, such as details of meetings and internal memos, collated by anti-fascist researchers. Additionally, this collection includes more than 50 oral histories—a highly demanded resource for history instruction.

The National Archives in the UK

Working with the National Archives in the UK we created a collection of digitized documents relating inter- and post-war British extremist movements. These include Security Service personal files on right-wing extremists, suspected communists and terrorists as well as Home Office papers on detainees, such as Oswald Mosely, who were related to far-right groups including the British Union of Fascists, British National Party, Imperial Fascist League, the Nordic League and The Link. This collection will be of great value to scholars studying the post-WWII roots of modern political extremism.