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Between the 1880s and 1920s, a broad coalition of American dissidents, which included rabble-rousing cartoonists, civil liberties lawyers, socialist detectives, union organizers, and revolutionary martyrs, forged a culture of popular radicalism that directly challenged an emergent corporate capitalism. Monopoly capitalists and their allies in govern­ment responded by expanding conspiracy laws and promoting conspiracy theories in an effort to destroy this anti-capitalist movement. The result was an escalating class conflict in which each side came to view the other as a criminal conspiracy.

In this detailed cultural history, Michael Mark Cohen argues that a legal, ideological, and representational politics of conspiracy contributed to the formation of a genuinely revolutionary mass culture in the United States, starting with the 1886 Haymarket bombing. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, The Conspiracy of Capital offers a new history of American radicalism and the alliance between the modern business corporation and national security state through a comprehensive reassessment of the role of conspiracy laws and conspiracy theories in American social movements.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. Chapter 1 “This Worn-Out Piece of Tyranny”
  2. pp. 32-79
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  1. Chapter 2 “Sensational Writing and a Fight”
  2. pp. 80-141
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  1. Chapter 3 “The Marks of Capital”
  2. pp. 142-188
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  1. Chapter 4 “The Ku Klux Government”
  2. pp. 189-248
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  1. Conclusion “Will Fascism Come to America?”
  2. pp. 249-272
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 273-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-336
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  1. Rear Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613766521
Related ISBN
9781625344014
MARC Record
OCLC
1121197157
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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