Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface: Fishing in the Abyss

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pp. ix-xi

My expedition into the extremist right-wing corners of the white American mind began in November 1992, when Amendment 2 passed in my home state of Colorado. I had just moved to New Mexico to pursue a Ph.D. in history at the University of New Mexico...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xv

A project like this involves a lot of help, whether direct or indirect. I would first like to thank the original members of my dissertation committee at the University of New Mexico, who were very supportive of the work I was doing and offered many suggestions...

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1. Introduction: The Ties That Bind

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pp. 1-37

April 19, 1995, dawned gray and cold in Albuquerque. I caught the first reports from Oklahoma City around 10:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. The news about the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was confused. A gas line explosion. A possible bombing...

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2. Missions, Millennia, and Manifest Destiny

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pp. 38-56

In 1996, Richard White asked what we should make of the current “weirdness in the West.” He referred to the Unabomber, the Freemen, militias in Arizona, Montana, and Washington, the bombing in Oklahoma City, the county independence movement, Aryan Nations...

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3. Armageddon Ranch: Homesteading on the Aryan Frontier

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pp. 57-83

In 1973, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw starred in The Getaway, “Tommy” premiered in London, Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon, and the Watergate “Plumbers” were convicted of burglary. The Vietnam War, though technically over, hadn’t ended...

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4. From Farms to Arms: Populists, Plowshares, and Posses

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pp. 84-123

To hear Governor Sinner tell it, American farming seems to rest on an intimate, almost spiritual relationship between farmers and soil; farming is a foundation of American character.1 As I have argued, perceptions of the “West” rest on images...

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5. Patriots and Protests: Showdowns at the Not-So-OK Corral

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pp. 124-158

In The Patriot (2000), Mel Gibson stars as Benjamin Martin, a South Carolina gentleman farmer and member of the local legislature who served in the French-Indian War. The year is 1776, and Martin is the widowed father of seven, trying to steer clear of the looming conflict...

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6. Conclusion: From Sheets to Shirts: New Frontiers for Right-Wing Extremism

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pp. 159-168

Michael Kimmel stated in 2004 that “[t]he white supremacist movement is animated by and populated by downwardly mobile lower-middle-class men (and their female counterparts).” He continued, “[M]en . . . grew up believing that this was...

Notes

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pp. 169-211

Bibliography

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pp. 213-239

Index

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pp. 241-250