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American Courage Party

American Indian Movement

American Nazi Party

Anti-Communism

Attica Brigade

Black Muslim Movement

Blacklisting

Christian Crusade

Christian Defense League

Christian Nationalist Crusade

Citizens Council

Civil Rights

Communism

Communist Party USA

Extremism

Far Left (Emergency Civil Liberties Committee)

Fundamentalism

Illinois Communist Party

John Birch Society

Ku Klux Klan (1915-)

Labor Unions

May 2nd Movement

McCarthy Era

Muckraking

National Christian Publishers

National Renaissance Party

National Socialist Party

National States Rights Party

New Left

October League

Revolutionary Union

Rosenberg Trial

Socialism

Socialist Workers Party

Statecraft Movement

Student Committee for Travel to Cuba

Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)

World Socialist Party

Young Americans for Freedom

Young Socialist Alliance



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Title: Voices of Extremism, 1948-1979Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

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Arrangement: The Voices of Extremism collection is grouped by affiliation of the person or persons being interviewed. Additional materials related to the collection and which are not currently online can be found in the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives.

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Voices of Extremism: Conflicting Ideologies in United States Politics in the Decades Following WWII is a unique audio documentation of the individuals and movements that characterized the Extremist politics in the United States in the decades following the Second World War from 1946 to 1980. The collection also includes a documentary on Industrial Union from 1904, recorded in 1964. Several of the movements represented in these recordings illustrate both the Far Left and the Far Right. They probe the rationales and styles of thinking of some of the most bizarre and interesting figures of mid-twentieth century American social and political history.

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by Walter B. Mead

In order for one to adequately comprehend the nature of extremism, audio recordings of the leading figures of extremist organizations are invaluable. For they convey to the listener not only the words and the content of the espoused ideologies (these are readily conveyed in the extensive printed material generated by most of these organizations) but also the emotions that play a major role in attracting and inspiring those who become adherents of these ideologies and movements.

It was for this reason that, during the 1960s and 1970s, in the course of conducting research, writing a book, and teaching seminars on American Political Extremism, Professor Mead compiled what probably constitutes today the most extensive audio documentation of the individuals and movements that characterized the full range — both left and right — of extremist politics in the United States in the decades immediately following the Second World War, from 1946 to 1980.

A majority of the recordings are of skilled interviews that Mead obtained and tape-transcribed from the late Gordon D. Hall, a Boston-based freelance investigator, speaker, and writer who devoted his entire career to gaining access — both personally and through confederates — to the most colorful fringe figures and groups of this period in American history.

Other recordings in the present collection are of interviews by professional journalists. There are also recordings — some clandestinely made — of speeches from political rallies. And there are a number of probing commentaries on the three and a half post-war decades of political turbulence — from Senator Joseph McCarthy's blacklisting in the 1940s and 1950s to the revival of the Ku Klux Klan at the end of the 1970s — by astute observers of the period.

All together, the recordings represent well over one hundred hours of oral history that probe into the rationales and styles of thinking of some of the most bizarre and interesting figures of mid-twentieth century American social and political history. In 2004, Walter Mead donated this collection to Illinois State University with the understanding that it would be made known and available to anyone, from the general public or from academic institutions, who is interested in making use of them.

Voices of Extremism: Conflicting Ideologies in United States Politics in the Decades Following WWII is a unique audio documentation of the individuals and movements that characterized the Extremist politics in the United States in the decades following the Second World War from 1946 to 1980. The collection also includes a documentary on Industrial Union from 1904, recorded in 1964.

Several of the movements represented in these recordings illustrate both the Far Left and the Far Right. They probe the rationales and styles of thinking of some of the most bizarre and interesting figures of mid-twentieth century American social and political history.

Collection Historical Note

Gordon D. Hall, 1921-2001: By Richard D. Hall

By any conventional yardstick, Gordon Hall’s rise to prominence as the country’s leading expert on Twentieth-Century American political extremism and dissent was improbable at best. Gordon was born in New York City the last of nine children at the beginning of the roaring 1920’s. Shortly after his birth, fate would deal Gordon, his mother and his eight siblings a devastating blow. His father was a successful industrial exhibitor and early dabbler in the motion picture industry who suffered a fatal heart attack on his walk to purchase the morning newspaper. Widowed at a relatively young age, left with nine children to support, with only meager savings, and no life insurance or social security to fall back upon, his mother began a sharp downward spiral.

Within a few years the big house in Queens, their two automobiles, and their domestic help were gone. Gordon’s mother turned to alcohol, and the older siblings fled one-by-one as soon as they were old enough to make their escape. By the time Gordon was twelve years old, the Great Depression had solidified its stranglehold on the nation’s economy, and an even greater depression was gripping the remnants of his tattered family. Coming home from grade school every day to find little food in the house and an intoxicated mother passed out on the living room couch, the younger siblings were forced to fend for themselves. Survival is a strong motivator and Gordon took a fulltime job at a local drugstore’s soda fountain as soon as he was old enough to be hired. He had just finished the Ninth Grade. He never again enrolled in school of any kind. Six decades later when Gordon read Frank McCourt’s searing autobiography Angela’s Ashes, he said it described his childhood perfectly.

By 1940 Gordon managed to make some modest but tangible improvements in his life prospects. He took an entry-level job as a payroll clerk at Grumman Aircraft Company on Long Island, met his future wife Dorothy, and cultivated a life long interest in jazz and sports, particularly baseball and basketball. But, in truth, there was nothing in his profile that would distinguish him from several million other American, depression-era men his age. Finishing high school apparently didn’t figure in his plans, and the idea of a college education, if it occurred to him at all, must have seemed as realistic as living in Shangri-La.

But life is about unexpected turns-of-event. Fate and fortune, which had been so cruel in early childhood, were about to open new doors for Gordon, even if he didn’t realize it at the time. The Great Depression would eventually be subsumed by the start of World War II. The most violent cataclysm of the Twentieth Century would soon bestow its surprising beneficence on Gordon Hall in a way most unexpected.

Drafted in 1942 into the Army-Air Force, he drew a lucky card right at the outset. Rather than being sent as so much cannon fodder to storm some South Pacific atoll or European beachhead, he got shipped to an advanced bomber base in the Aleutian Islands, that barren and frozen archipelago stretching off the Alaskan mainland.

But what would turn out to be his great stroke of good fortune could hardly have looked that way at the time. He was trained as a teletype operator, one tiny cog in a mind-numbing communications bureaucracy where individuality was frowned upon, if not actively discouraged. And the place itself was god awful. For more than 300 days of the year there was unremitting rain, fog or snow. There were no trees, virtually no vegetation and little to break the monotony of bitterly cold, dark winters, and dreary, rain-soaked summers. Most of the time, the bombers couldn’t even get into the air. It had all the makings of a soul crushing experience.

Then he saw the bulletin. His Army/Air Force base was recruiting a traveling basketball team to tour the islands. Gordon tried out and was selected. He would eventually become team captain. His selection might as well have been an admission to Harvard or Yale for the impact it would have on him after the war ended.

He was quickly transferred from the teletype pool to Special Services, an elite unit composed of writers, journalists, musicians, actors, entertainers and athletes like himself. He suddenly found himself surrounded by a worldly and sophisticated group of people with a broad frame of reference, a knowledge and understanding of the world, its politics and history. Everybody read books and passed them around. There were all night bull sessions about economics, the Spanish Civil War, capitalism versus Marxism, as well as music, art, and modern fiction. Of politics and history, Gordon knew nothing, absolutely nothing. He had never heard of the Spanish Civil War and wasn’t even certain where Spain was located. After the war, Gordon would joke that before he learned otherwise while in the Aleutians, he thought Generalissimo Franco referred to a brand of canned spaghetti.

Gordon was fascinated by this new circle of colleagues, and intellectually challenged. He began to read, and read voraciously. This is something he would do for the rest of his life. It served him well. He estimates he read more than 300 books during his tour of duty. He was insatiably curious, and luckily for him, quite gifted. He had a keenly analytical mind. He sorted through complex arguments, made connections and synthesized important information clearly and without cant.

Of the many influential people he met in his Special Services unit, one in particular was to play a pivotal role in his political maturation. Dashiell Hammett, the great American mystery writer, was both an elder statesman in the unit and Gordon’s commanding officer. He was also (although it was not widely known at the time) a member of the Communist Party of the USA.

In 1944 the US Armed Services were still racially segregated which meant their sports teams were as well. However, the segregated teams did occasionally play each other, and when they did, the African-American teams usually prevailed. As much out of self-interest for the team as any other motive, Gordon raised the issue with Hammett of pressing for an end to segregated teams in the Aleutians. It would make for better games, more competition, and greater interest from the troops, he argued. Knowing Hammett’s strong views concerning the injustice of segregation, he fully expected a sympathetic hearing, even if the change in policy was beyond their control. Gordon was in for a rude awakening. Hammett chastised him for not realizing that real social change can’t occur without powerful, emotional symbols to oppose. Without them, no movement can rally its forces. Racial segregation was one of the most potent of those symbols, and was therefore better left in place until the old, corrupt order could be swept away in the coming tide of revolutionary change.

As much as Gordon’s political philosophy had progressed during his Aleutian education, it hadn’t progressed this far. He wasn’t buying Hammett’s line. To Gordon it smacked of cynicism and hypocrisy. Some things were elementary. Segregation was clearly wrong and he believed, counterproductive. Gordon’s next step could be interpreted as either courageous or foolhardy, but it was characteristic of the integrity with which he would conduct himself through his subsequent career.

Unwilling to back down, he took Hammett on. Details of exactly what happened nearly seven decades ago are no longer conclusively known, but it’s safe to say it wasn’t a fair fight. Military hierarchies respect commanding officers, especially famous ones, over unknown corporals. Hammett was so angered by this insubordinate’s challenge that he not only stripped Gordon of his team-captain’s title, but he threw him off the basketball squad altogether. As an avowed atheist, Hammett inflicted one final punishment on Gordon. He assigned him the job of Chaplain’s Assistant, thereby removing this irritant from Special Services for the remaining months of the War.

Back in New York City after discharge, Gordon quietly resumed his job in the payroll office of Grumman Aircraft. As most returning veterans do the world over, soldiers recount their war experiences. By late 1946, his tale of political misadventure in the Aleutians brought him to the attention of one of the founding brothers of Grumman Aircraft and for a short time made him a minor celebrity with upper management.

Gordon was summoned to meet this politically active Grumman brother. The aircraft corporation was well known to be ultra-conservative and virulently opposed to collective bargaining, and was, in fact, the last major defense contractor to unionize. Mr. Grumman congratulated Gordon for standing up to Hammett, and gave him some unsolicited advice on what needed to be done to counter similar communist sympathizers. He suggested Gordon make a trip to Union, New Jersey to meet Conde McGinley who ran an organization that Grumman thought really understood the secret forces behind this kind of thinking. Armed with a personal introduction, Gordon felt he had nothing to lose. And his curiosity was piqued. He wanted to find out about this mysterious McGinley character for himself.

Sometime in 1947, he made the short trip. McGinley welcomed Gordon warmly and stated at the outset that the country needed more upstanding Aryan foot soldiers to beat back the Jewish/Communist threat to our shared Christian civilization. Gordon just listened. It was clear McGinley wasn’t looking for a dialogue, and McGinley (who published a virulently anti-semitic monthly newsletter Common Sense with a circulation approaching 50,000) simply assumed Gordon was eager to enlist in the struggle.

If Gordon’s earlier run in with Hammett was his first loss of political innocence, this encounter was an even greater eye-opener. Throughout his diatribe, McGinley let it be known that the Nazis had the right idea, but just pushed it a little too far. Years later, Gordon would say it was as if World War II hadn’t even been fought when listening to McGinley.

Wondering how many groups like this existed, Gordon stayed in touch with McGinley and soon found himself drawn into a semi-clandestine world of hate-mongers, rabid anti-communists, and white supremacists. It was during this phase of exploratory investigation that he developed a method of self introduction which was entirely truthful, but never failed to reassure those whom he was studying. He would simply declare that reading their publications and listening to their arguments gave him a much clearer understanding of the dangers threatening our freedom. It was an approach he and his associates would use to great effect throughout years of undercover investigation.

By 1948, he was ready to begin his life’s work. Gordon had come into contact with Leon Milton Birkhead, an activist Unitarian minister from the Midwest, who had founded an organization, Friends of Democracy, nine years earlier in New York City. Dedicated to fighting extremist movements on the right and the left, Birkhead’s organization was looking for someone to run a small satellite office in Boston, and hired Gordon for this task.

Taking his cue from Birkhead, Gordon set out to learn everything he could about these groups and individuals, and derail them through public exposure and education. He began keeping files, collecting hate literature, and cataloging the groups he learned about. These files would grow into the tens of thousands over the next 50 years. Although many of the groups were small and geographically isolated, they shared a few things in common which tended to exaggerate their strength and distort their political influence. They were secretive, disciplined, and fanatical. When they went on the attack, they could inflict disproportionate damage, especially if the target and public were taken by surprise.

Gordon quickly developed a coherent and effective political strategy. He believed you fought falsehood, paranoia, lies and bad ideas not with suppression and censorship; but with discernable truth, facts, and better ideas. It is one of the singular ironies of his life that this man with so little formal schooling, always retained an abiding commitment to rationality and an informed citizenry in the broadest sense.

It is worth noting that the study of political extremism was not part of the university lexicon at Mid-Twentieth Century. No courses were being offered in Political Science Departments. It was not an elective from the liberal arts curriculum. No one was writing dissertations on this subject. This field of study simply did not exist at the time.

Shortly after Gordon moved his young family to Boston, Friends of Democracy ran into big trouble. It became embroiled in a number of national libel suits, lost its tax exempt status, and disbanded for good in 1951. Fortunately for Gordon, however, he had made some crucial contacts during his brief employment in Boston. None was more important than Max Lerner, the renowned Professor of History at the newly founded Brandeis University in nearby Waltham, Massachusetts. Lerner suggested that Gordon continue his research and investigations, while supporting his work and family through public lecture tours, which Lerner would help sponsor while Gordon got started.

As improbable as Gordon’s career path turned out to be, he went on to become the nationally recognized expert on Twentieth Century American Political Extremism. Over the next forty years, he gave thousands of lectures across this country at schools and colleges, civic and church groups, and business and professional organizations. He wrote hundreds of op-ed pieces for major daily newspapers and worked closely with many well known scholars, journalists, civic, religious and political leaders. These included Senator J.William Fulbright, President Gerald R. Ford, Walter Reuther of the UAW, Walter Cronkite of CBS, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Gordon Allport of Harvard University, Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post, and Norman Cousins of the Saturday Review to name just a handful.

The collection of interviews and recordings assembled here at Illinois State University by Professor Walter Mead is a representative and important piece of Gordon Hall’s legacy and life’s work.

About the author: Richard D. Hall is Gordon Hall’s son. He vividly remembers his childhood growing up in Boston during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. His father worked at home where news and current events were the daily topic of conversation around the dinner table. Richard studied political philosophy at Lake Forest College and University of Massachusetts, and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. After a life-long involvement in politics, public policy and community development, Richard is now an online bookseller in Boston.

14 June 2011

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Rare Books Room at Illinois State University

Access Restrictions: Some interviews may be listened to through the web by accessing them on the Voices of Extremism page on the Milner Library Digital Collections site.  Other interviews, due to copyright restrictions, may only be listened to by visiting Milner Library.  Patrons wishing to listen to these interviews should use a computer terminal at Milner Library.


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[Series 1: American Courage Party],
[Series 2: American Indian Movement],
[Series 3: American Nazi Party],
[Series 4: Anti-Communism],
[Series 5: Attica Brigade],
[Series 6: Black Muslim Movement],
[Series 7: Blacklisting],
[Series 8: Christian Crusade],
[Series 9: Christian Defense League],
[Series 10: Christian Nationalist Crusade],
[Series 11: Citizens Council],
[Series 12: Civil Rights],
[Series 13: Communism],
[Series 14: Communist Party USA],
[Series 15: Extremism],
[Series 16: Far Left (Emergency Civil Liberties Committee)],
[Series 17: Fundamentalism],
[Series 18: Illinois Communist Party],
[Series 19: John Birch Society],
[Series 20: Ku Klux Klan (1915-)],
[Series 21: Labor Unions],
[Series 22: May 2nd Movement],
[Series 23: McCarthy Era],
[Series 24: Muckraking],
[Series 25: National Christian Publishers],
[Series 26: National Renaissance Party],
[Series 27: National Socialist Party],
[Series 28: National States Rights Party],
[Series 29: New Left],
[Series 30: October League],
[Series 31: Revolutionary Union],
[Series 32: Rosenberg Trial],
[Series 33: Socialism],
[Series 34: Socialist Workers Party],
[Series 35: Statecraft Movement],
[Series 36: Student Committee for Travel to Cuba],
[Series 37: Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)],
[Series 38: World Socialist Party],
[Series 39: Young Americans for Freedom],
[Series 40: Young Socialist Alliance],
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Series 15: ExtremismAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Bill Dennis, 1964-Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bill Dennis radio program, 1964.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  Spotlight Radio, hosted by Bill Dennis, was a series of short (3-4 minutes) radio programs highlighting extremists activities, focusing especially on groups allied with the John Birch Society.  These began to be aired in 1964. Sixteen segments are included in this collection.
Subject/Index Terms:
American opinion.
Anti-communist movements--United States.
Capitalism.
Censorship--United States.
Democracy.
DePugh, Robert B.
Freedom of speech--United States.
Hargis, Billy James, 1925-2004.
Independent America.
John Birch Society.
Manion, Clarence, 1896-1979.
Manion forum (Radio program)
McDowell, Joseph.
Minutemen (militia)
Mitchell, Jones Penn.
O'Brien, Dan.
Oliver, Revilo P. (Revilo Pendleton), 1908-1994.
Patriotism--United States.
Propaganda, American--History--20th century.
Right-wing extremists.
Smith, Hazel Brannon, 1914-1994.
Smoot, Dan (Howard Drummond Smoot), 1913-2003.
Welch, Robert, 1899-1985.
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)
Sub-Series 2: Medford Stanton Evans, 1934-Add to your cart.
Biography:  American journalist and author of eight books, including Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies (2007), M. Stanton Evans served as chairman of the American Conservative Union for most the 1970's. He was an accomplished leader in the conservative movement, the Young American for Freedom. Evans also trained many people in the art of journalism and as a consequence received several honors.
Item 1: Medford Stanton Evans interview, 1968.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  M. Stanton Evans is interviewed about his (then) upcoming book The Usurpers. He stated that his book was about and for "The men who rule America--and appeal to those they rule."
Subject/Index Terms:
Activism.
Anti-communist movements.
Blacklisting of authors--United States.
Conservatism.
Conspiracy theories.
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Kennedy, Robert F., 1928-1968.
Presidential candidates.
United States--Politics and government--1963-1969.
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998.
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974.
Sub-Series 3: Gordon D. Hall, 1921-2001.Add to your cart.
Biography:  Gordon D. Hall (1921-2001), a young veteran of the Pacific Theater during the Second World War, first encountered the printed propaganda issued by domestic hate-your-neighbor organizations/groups in the late 1940's. Based in Boston, he became a freelance investigator who spoke and presented his investigations and research of these organizations by giving public lectures about them. In the course of his lifetime, he collected massive amount of materials, e.g. newspapers, magazines, lectures, speeches, interviews, etc. which are now located in a handful of universities such as Brown, Brandeis and Illinois State University.
Item 1: A sketch of American political extremism, 1967.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

May be accessed from any location.  Gordon Hall, a Bostonian and expert on extremist groups, spent his life studying, questioning, interviewing, exposing, lecturing and writing about extremist activity and philosophy in the United States. He was interested in left and right wing groups, groups spanning a wide political, social and religious spectrum active during the 1950s-1980s. Hall collected their literature, taped their speakers and traveled the country to lecture to civic, fraternal, university and political groups.

Hall begins his lecture with the basic philosophies of liberals and conservatives working within mainstream politics. Personally he adhered to a philosophy of mainstream politics, never stating is he prefers liberal or conservative ideals, where differences are debated and dealt with peacefully; even if it is a complex and messy system. He recognizes the proliferation of political parties, twenty-four at the time of his lecture. Part II Hall describes far left as outside the tradition of liberal reform, where disorderly and revolutionary change in the system is sought. He estimates there about 150 movements on the left with about one million members all with a Marxist leaning. He calls left extremists system haters and people lovers. Part III describes the far right as lovers of the american system as they see it, and haters of many people within it, specifically: Jews, Catholics, and non-whites. The over 1000 extremist groups, with 4-5,000,000 members on the right are usually single purpose movements, full of slogans and with little understanding of the broad issues. His favorite example of a right wing group is the John Birch Society. These groups use traditional symbolism (flag, constitution, religion, and family) to win members.

Subject/Index Terms:
Communism--United States.
Conservatism--United States.
John Birch Society.
Left-wing extremists.
Radicalism.
Right-wing extremists.
Liberalism--United States--20th century--History.
Item 2: Lecture.  Both sides of extremism, 1972.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May be accessed from any location.  Gordon Hall describes himself as an 'extreme watcher'. He watched, interviewed, wrote, and lectured about extremist groups for twenty-five years, full-time. Following the same outline as the speech on tape number five, he outlines what are liberals and conservatives in mainstream politics. He finds both sides of extremism offensive from the Black Panthers to the John Birch Society, holding special disdain for the 'know nothings' of many right wing groups.
Subject/Index Terms:
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
Conservatism.
Dirksen, Everett McKinley.
Hoffman, Abbie.
John Birch Society.
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Left-wing extremists.
Liberalism--United States--20th century--History.
National Youth Alliance (U.S.)
Right-wing extremists.
Rockwell, George Lincoln, 1918-1967.
Rousellot, John H.
Rubin, Jerry.
Welch, Robert, 1899-1985.
Item 3: Gordon D. Hall interview, 1965.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  Gordon Hall, an expert on extremist groups, is interviewed by Haywood Vincent about the late Malcolm X. The interview covers issues dealing with his assassination, the Black Muslim Movement, and Gordon Hall and Malcom X’s personal relationship.
Subject/Index Terms:
Assassination.
Black Muslims.
Elijah Muhammad.
The Black Muslim Party.
X, Malcolm, 1925-1945.
Item 4: Gordon D. Hall interview, 24 January 1966.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  Gordon Hall and Palmer Payne discuss extremism and extremist groups on the radio program Boston forum, on January 24, 1966.
Item 5: Gordon D. Hall interview, fall 1966.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  Gordon Hall and Palmer Payne discuss extremist groups in the autumn of 1966, including problems of racism, civil rights, pacifist groups, and draft avoidance during the Vietnam conflict. Radio broadcast.
Subject/Index Terms:
African Americans--Civil rights.
Black power--United States.
Buckley, William F. (Frank), 1925-2008.
Communism--United States.
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.
John Birch Society.
Rockwell, George Lincoln, 1918-1967.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Item 6: Gordon D. Hall interview, undated.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  The first in a series of programs entitled Discussions, in which Hall is interviewed about his work as a writer, and reporter on extreme right and left groups. Radio broadcast WGAN.
Subject/Index Terms:
Censorship.
Conservatism--United States.
Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998.
John Birch Society.
Liberalism--United States--20th century--History.
Rockwell, George Lincoln, 1918-1967.
Welch, Robert, 1899-1985.
Item 7: Gordon D. Hall interview, 1965.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  Gordon Hall, lecturer and observer of extremist groups, answers call-in questions and calmly addresses tirades from radio listeners. Hall has followed extremist groups because he discovered "a few people in the right places can manipulate and control a large number [of people]."  Topics covered include: psychology of extremists, extremism compared to conservative and liberal movements, identifying extremists, pacifists, conspiracy theories, and symbolism in extremist groups.  Groups and/or individuals mentioned include:  John Birch Society, Now-Now, Carl McIntyre, Billy Hargis, Senator Bilbo, May 2nd Movement, KKK, Communists, and the magazine Minority of One.  Hall explains that extremists have lost faith in our democratic system and believe that they are the only ones who have the answers.  Two notable quotes from Hall: "those who fear are susceptible to the extremists" and many right wing extremists are "passionate lovers of America without any comprehension of what America is all about."
Item 8: Gordon D. Hall interview, undated.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  WGBH Boston radio program WGBH Roundtable, "How dangerous are the extremists in the United States?"
Item 9: Gordon D. Hall interview, 1968.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  Radio interview, 1968.
Item 10: Speech on political extremism, 14 April 1969.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May be accessed from any location.  Gordon Hall, a researcher on political extremism on both the political right and left, in the United States in the 20th century, discusses his research efforts and experiences. He describes interacting with individuals from the organizations and problems and harassment he has endured from them. Hall indicates that in his travels and presentations he has received feedback that has caused him to create this new presentation, which defines what extremism actually is and provides examples. Hall then defines extremism as well as the political center and discusses how each one operates. He includes numerous examples and personal annecdotes in his presentation before taking questions from the audience, including some from members of the extremist groups themselves.
Subject/Index Terms:
Anti-communist movements.
Black Panther Party.
Black power--United States.
Civil rights movements.
Communism--United States.
Conservatism--United States.
Far-left extremists.
Far-right extremists.
John Birch Society.
Liberalism--United States--20th century--History.
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
Welch, Robert, 1899-1985.
Item 11: Speech and panel discussion on political extremism, 2 March 1972.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May be accessed from any location.  Gordon Hall describes himself as an 'extreme watcher'. He watched, interviewed, wrote, and lectured about extremist groups for twenty-five years, full-time. Following the same outline as the speech on tape number five, he outlines what are liberals and conservatives in mainstream politics. He finds both sides of extremism offensive from the Black Panthers to the John Birch Society, holding special disdain for the 'know nothings' of many right wing groups.
Subject/Index Terms:
Black Panther Party.
Black power--United States.
College students--Political activity--History--20th century.
Far-left extremists.
Far-right extremists.
John Birch Society.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Rossiter, Clinton, 1917-1970.
Welch, Robert, 1899-1985.
Item 12: Gordon D. Hall interview, 3 June 1965.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  Haywood Vincent interviews Gordon Hall on Vincent's radio program about his views on student left organizations. Hall answers charges made against him by some representatives of those organizations.
Subject/Index Terms:
Student movements--United States--History--20th century.
Sub-Series 4: Charles Rice, 1931-Add to your cart.
Biography:  Charles Rice is a Professor Emeritus in American legal studies at Notre Dame Law School.  Charles Rice aided the founding of the Conservative Party of New York in the 1960s and served as its Vice-Chairman from 1962-1969.  He currently lives with his wife in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Item 1: Charles Rice interview, 1964.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

May only be accessed from workstations in Milner Library.  "Exploration of the radical right: their philosophy and what dangers they may pose" is a discussion, moderated by Ed Joyce of WCBS. Speakers are Charles E. Rice, associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and vice-chairman of the Conservative Party of New York and Gordon Hall, lecturer and writer on extremist groups.

The John Birch Society is the focus of their discussion.  Hall believes the Society is beyond conservative politics and exerts a dangerous influence over our politics. Rice does not consider the John Birch Society an extremist group and defends it as less of a threat to mainstream politics than the extreme left groups, especially the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) one of whose founding members, Hubert Humphrey, is the vice-presidential candidate in the upcoming 1964 presidential election.

Subject/Index Terms:
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
Conservative Party of New York State.
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
John Birch Society.
Presidential candidates.
Right-wing extremists.
Sub-Series 5: James A. Rudin, 1934-Add to your cart.
Biography:  James Rudin is an American Rabbi and member of the American Jewish Committee. He is recognized for his work in inter-religious relations, particularly between Christians and Jews. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has written for publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and News day for many years.
Item 1: Lecture on cult activity in the USA, 21 February 1979.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
May be accessed from any location.  Lecture on cult activity in the USA. He spends a good deal of time on Jim Jones and his transplanted Peoples Temple (in which nearly 1000 Americans people committed mass suicide/were murdered in Guyana, South America).
Subject/Index Terms:
Brainwashing.
Cults--Uited States.
Extremism.
Intimidation.
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978.

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