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Published in Great Plains Research, 18:2 (Fall 2008) 246-47. Copyright © 2008 by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Drawing from diverse sources-historical, journalistic, the Internet, and interviews with several imprisoned members of the Order-Schlatter offers a panoramic view of the American white supremacy movement. In many ways, this movement is emblematic of late modernity's defining trait: a world always in flux, awash in marginality and exclusion. Schlatter argues that the eccentric beliefs of white supremacy groups are sewn together from the threads of previous movements. The Klan of the 1920s and William Dudley Pelly's Silver Shirts of the German Nazi era are threaded to the millennialism of Aryan Nations, the Posse Comitatus, and Timothy McVeigh through Protestant agrarianism and western mythology; xenophobia and the apocalyptic; white hegemony and outsized masculinities. In connecting these historical dots Schlatter makes a unique contribution to the field.