History of Hate and Extremism in America: Collections
The History of Hate in America Collections provide a comprehensive study of a complicated and difficult aspect of American history. The study of racism and violence in the United States is necessary to fully understand and report on current events. With these collections, students and researchers can examine primary source materials that give insight into the history of hate groups, including why these hate groups formed; who might consider themselves to be part of a socially marginalized group; and what the political responses have been to these events.
From hate crimes to racism, anti-Semitism to white nationalist rallies, to continuous discrimination against immigrants, Americans have a past deeply rooted in fear, hate, and violence. And while these stories have shaped our country, it is also important to look at the reactions to hate and intolerance. A major part of the country's story has to do with the people and communities who work to oppose acts of hate, such as the Anti-Defamation League and nonprofit organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
These collections were developed to show students the full scope of the history of hate groups, and those who opposed them.