Religion and the Racist Right

The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement

Revised Edition

By Michael Barkun

352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4638-4
    Published: December 1996
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1111-2
    Published: February 2014

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Awards & distinctions

1996 Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America

According to Michael Barkun, many white supremacist groups of the radical right are deeply committed to the distinctive but little-recognized religious position known as Christian Identity. In Religion and the Racist Right (1994), Barkun provided the first sustained exploration of the ideological and organizational development of the Christian Identity movement. In a new chapter written for the revised edition, he traces the role of Christian Identity figures in the dramatic events of the first half of the 1990s, from the Oklahoma City bombing and the rise of the militia movement to the Freemen standoff in Montana. He also explores the government's evolving response to these challenges to the legitimacy of the state. Michael Barkun is professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is author of several books, including Crucible of the Millennium: The Burned-over District of New York in the 1840s.

About the Author

Michael Barkun is professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is author of several books, including Crucible of the Millennium: The Burned-over District of New York in the 1840s.
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Reviews

"Religion and the Racist Right is a singular achievement."--New York Times Book Review

“A valuable contribution to the expansive bibliography of American racism and, in particular, a brand of hatemongering known as theological racism.”--The Journal of Religion

“Well-researched and valuable. . . . It is an especially useful contribution to the study of anti-Semitism in America.”--Journal of Church and State

"A superb model of scholarship on a subject loaded with polemics and misunderstanding."--Church History

"Well written, informative, and thoughtful."--American Political Science Review

"A fascinating and terrifying account. . . . Deserves to be read by anyone concerned with Christian or political extremism in America."--Kirkus Reviews