UNITED THEY HATE by Michael Kronenwetter


White Supremacist Groups in America
Age Range: 12 & up
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 In simple, compelling language, an effective portrayal of the recent resurgence of white supremacist groups as a small but dangerous threat to democratic values. In a model of spirited prose and well-researched documentation, the author outlines the history of organized racial hatred since the founding of the US. He describes some of the best-known groups, analyzes how and why people join them, documents some of their interconnections and forays into legitimate politics (e.g., David Duke's), and explains how opponents have weakened them. Among the more interesting stories are how William Simmons revived the Klan in 1915 as an insurance-selling enterprise, and how certain churches turn Christianity on its head to justify their anti-Semitism. (One minor error: Order leader Mathews was killed on an island north of Seattle, not near Portland, Oregon.) Well-chosen b&w photos; endnotes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: July 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-8027-8162-4
Page count: 133pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1992