Political Conspiracies In America: A Reader

Paperback | March 19, 2008

EditorDonald T. Critchlow, John Korasick, Matthew C. Sherman

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Conspiracy theories have been a part of the American experience since colonial times. There is a rich literature on conspiracies involving, among others, Masons, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, financiers, Communists, and internationalists. Although many conspiracy theories appear irrational, an exaggerated fear of a conspiracy sometimes proves to be well founded. This anthology provides students with documents relating to some of the more important and interesting conspiracy theories in American history and politics, some based on reality, many chiefly on paranoia. It provides a fascinating look at a persistent and at times troubling aspect of democratic society.

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Conspiracy theories have been a part of the American experience since colonial times. There is a rich literature on conspiracies involving, among others, Masons, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, financiers, Communists, and internationalists. Although many conspiracy theories appear irrational, an exaggerated fear of a conspiracy sometimes pro...

Donald T. Critchlow is Professor of History at St. Louis University and author of Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism and Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporation (IUP, 1996).John Korasick is a judicial archivist for the Missouri State Historical Archives.Matthew C. Sherman is a doctoral candidate at St. Louis...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.55 inPublished:March 19, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Introduction

Section 1. Conspiracy in a New Nation
Section 2. Conspiracy in an Age of Democracy
Section 3. Conspiracy in a Divided Nation
Section 4. Conspiracy in the Industrial Age through the New Deal
Section 5. Conspiracy in the Cold War Era
Section 6. Conspiracy in Contemporary America

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Index

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"An interesting and important reader.... [It] offers a powerful thematic approach that will prove popular with students and instructors alike." -Jonathan Bean, Southern Illinois University