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New Special Collections Spotlight: Hall-Hoag Collection of Extremist Literature in the United States
Released on December 05, 2008
Contact: Sarah Shoemaker, firstname.lastname@example.org, x64641
Special Collections Spotlight's latest entry showcases the Hall-Hoag Collection of Extremist Literature in the United States, which includes more than 5,000 exemplars of right- and left-wing literature from the late 1940s through the 1980s pertaining to social, religious, and political issues.
While some of the materials are independently well known, like the Weather Underground publication Prairie Fire, together this collection is an invaluable gathering of materials relating to extremist movements within the United States. Several are shocking, and all are sectarian. Such materials as the Manion Forum Organization brochure demonstrate the importance of the media and street organizing in creating a movement. Several right-wing organizations employ the well-worn Liberty Bell motif, such as the Liberty Bell Press from Missouri, which investigated communist activity within the U.S.; the publication Through To Victory, a Christian anti-communist organization; and the Liberty Belles, a female-only organization interested in reining in government power and spending as well as eradicating communism, socialism, and anarchism. Have a look at the Spotlight for details on the collection, written by Brandeis graduate student Katie Hargrave of the Cultural Production department.
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