About Political Extremism and Radicalism - the digital archive

The Political Extremism & Radicalism collection is a two part series of digital archives containing primary sources concerning unorthodox politics. Part one, titled Far-Right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe, and Australia in the Twentieth Century, looks at a wide range of fringe political thinking from around the world. Part two, titled Far-Right Groups in America, takes a closer look at the radical right specifically in the United States.


Far-Right Groups in America

In these 4 videos, Acquisitions Editor Rachel Holt offers an introduction to the Far-Right Groups in America digital archive, describing who the archive is for and what makes this resource different from any other.  The study of political extremism is a rapidly growing area of scholarship possibly in response to the resurgence of radical right movements in several Western democracies, including in the US and across Europe, during the past several decades.  Scholars in the fields of international and American history, politics, international relations, and government studies will find this collection an invaluable resource not only for original research but also for the purposes of teaching and learning.  Instructors can utilise the materials for developing students’ critical thinking skills on important issues such as immigration, racism, civil and human rights, religious freedom, free speech and more. 

You can watch the videos in any order and request a free trial of Far-Right Groups in America using the form below.


Political Extremism and Radicalism: Far-Right Groups in America introduced in a Nutshell

Rachel introduces the archival collections and source libraries that make up Far-Right Groups in America. Digitised for the first time the primary sources included concern the history of radical right movements in the United States from 1800s-2010’s.

Matierial from the archives includes newspapers, publications and ephemeral propaganda created by what are believed to be far-right groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Citizens' Councils and the American Nazi Party to name a few examples.

Far-Right Groups in America - The objective behind creating the digital archive

This new archive was built to support the rapidly growing area of scholarship dedicated to the academic study of far-right and extremist political research for which there was a notable lack of academic resources available digitally. This resource was also curated to reflect current events, for example the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the assault of the Capitol Building in January 2021. 

Who is the Political Extremism and Radicalism archive for?

This digital archive supports researchers primarily working in the fields of Politics, Political Science & Policy Studies; African American Studies; Government Studies; Justice, Law & Criminology and Sociology. 

However, this digital archive also serves an important purpose for librarians and faculty seeking resources to support Inclusion & Diversity initiatives on campus.  The materials within speak to historic fights for racial equality, religious tolerance, acceptance of sexual orientation & identity as well as gender equality. 

Far-Right Groups in America - What might surprise you about the archive?

Studying archives is intended to better our understanding of the past but Far-Right Groups in America goes beyond that to explain the political and societal thinking of the present. The rise of polarised politics as well as the resurgence of radical right-wing movements in Western democracies in the last ten years means Far-Right Groups in America fully supports researchers concerned with mainstream politics and how the attitudes, opinions and tolerances evolve over time. 

In addition a unique feature of this collection is the inclusion of audio recordings. In addition to the variety of political ephemera, The James Aho collection from Idaho State University, also includes 254 audio recordings. These include sermons, interviews and lecturers from the 1970s and 1980s considered to be, or concerning far-right extremism. 

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