The events from two weeks ago in Charlottesville, VA and the current rallies in the Bay Area have come as a surprise to many of us, and been a source of appalled disbelief. However, whether we’re talking about neo-nazis, skinheads, the Aryan nation, or the alt right, these movements have had a long history in the United States. We hope the resources below will help you understand current events by putting them into their historical context, and showing how the past has led us to where we are now.
- The Charlottesville Syllabus created by the University of Virginia Graduate Student Coalition focuses specifically on the history of white supremacy in Virginia, and includes many primary sources.
- Another, broader Charlottesville Syllabus was created by Catherine Halley of JSTOR. It covers different aspects of white nationalism, such as attitudes on immigrant, the legacy of slavery, and anti-semitism.
- To learn more about these movements by state, try the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Map. According to the SPLC there are currently 79 hate groups active in California.
And finally, you can drill deeper with these titles from our own catalog:
Credit: Bryan McKenzie/The Daily Progress, via Associated Press