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Bring the War Home

Kathleen Belew

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In Bring the War Home, Kathleen Belew presents a carefully researched picture of the history of the white power movement in America from the 1970s and 1980s to the present day.

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Bring the War Home

Bring the War Home

by Kathleen Belew

Overview

When white rioters storm the Capitol building or when a white nationalist conducts a mass shooting, it can seem like these are isolated incidents. But history has a lot to tell us about how these sporadic upsurges of white violence are linked.

Kathleen Belew is a professor of history at the University of Chicago whose research focuses on race, gender, and violence. In this book, Belew traces the origin and evolution of the 'white power' movement in America, and examines its current impact.

Originating in the social upheaval and distrust of public institutions following the Vietnam War, the white power movement consolidated into a violent and militant ideology in the following decades. Today, stoked by persistent fears around immigration, changing cultural attitudes and deepening racial divides, this ideology continues to influence American politics.

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He brought many things home with him: his uniforms, virulent anticommunism, and hatred of the Viet Cong... He brought home racism, military training, weapons proficiency, and a readiness to continue fighting.

- Kathleen Belew

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