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Author Burt, Andrew, 1985- author

Title American hysteria : the untold story of mass political extremism in the United States / Andrew Burt
Published Guilford, Connecticut : LP, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
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Contents Defining hysteria : what it is ... and what it isn't -- America's first time : Jedidiah Morse and the anti-Illuminati movement -- The anti-Masons : the disappearance of William Morgan and the rise of third party politics -- The Red Scare : A. Mitchell Palmer takes on the enemy within our gates -- The dawning of McCarthyism : from communists to blacklists, one senator channels the fears of a nation -- The United States after 9/11 : the American Right and the threat of Sharia law -- The way forward : a practical guide to confronting political hysteria
Summary "The American story of blacklists, scapegoating, conspiracies, and cover-ups that have taken over national politics throughout our history when the mainstream has adopted extremist fear that secret networks--from the Illuminati and Freemasons to Communists and Muslim terrorists--have infiltrated society and threatened destruction from within"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History.
Collective behavior -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Fear -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Hysteria -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Radicalism -- United States -- History.
Secret societies -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1493017659 (electronic bk.)
9781493017652 (electronic bk.)