This course provides a historical overview of extremism in the United States from Reconstruction through the present. Students will explore primary sources ranging from political pamphlets to diaries, religious tracts, government records, and films, alongside scholarly literature, to equip them with a foundational knowledge of the history of extremism in the US during the long twentieth century.
Author: Austin J. Clements
I am a PhD Candidate at Stanford University studying American history and religion. My dissertation focuses on the development of anticommunism in reactionary segments of American religious communities--Catholics, Jews, Mormons, and Protestants--from the late nineteenth century into the interwar period. I have presented my research at the American Academy of Religion, American Catholic History Association, Society for US Intellectual History, American Jewish Historical Society, and Mormon History Association. My article "'The Franco Way': The Spanish Civil War and the American Right, 1936-9" was recently published in the Journal of Contemporary History.