The History of the White Power Movement

Jun 11, 2018

Monday, we’re talking about the roots of the resurgent white power movement. In a new book, historian Kathleen Belew traces the movement’s consolidation back to the 1970s, when some soldiers returned from Vietnam feeling betrayed by their government.

Monday, we’re talking about the roots of the resurgent white power movement. In a new book, historian Kathleen Belew traces the movement’s consolidation back to the 1970s, when some soldiers returned from Vietnam feeling betrayed by their government. They united with militant civilians, Klansmen, and white nationalists to declare war on their own country. Events like Waco and Ruby Ridge were fuel on the fire. Belew joins us to tell the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right.

Kathleen Belew is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Her new book is called Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and American Paramilitarism [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].