The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda from the John Hay Library at Brown University began as a collection of material gathered by World War II veteran, Gordon Hall. After returning from the war, Hall investigated hate groups in the United States for Friends of Democracy, an anti-totalitarian group. He built a substantial collection of propaganda materials, mainly focused on post-war anti-integrationist, anti-Semitic, and racist propagandists, such as the American Fascist Union and Ku Klux Klan organizations.
The Hall-Hoag Collection is a treasure trove of primary source materials for academic researchers of modern American extremism. Extremist literature has always been difficult to find because its authors intend the material to be read by a limited number of true believers. Consequently, media print runs tend to be small and erratic. It takes a dedicated effort to amass and organize collections of this type. Most of the propaganda in this collection is from the Cold War period and ranges from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, the most contentious days of the civil rights movement in America. Publications in this collection represent a cross-section of extremist opinion toward integration and civil rights activism, but it also contains propaganda on American anti-Semitism, Christian Identity theology, neo-Nazi groups, and white supremacy movements.
This collection is the product of decades of collaboration between Gordon Hall and his research assistant, Grace Hoag. Hoag first worked with Hall as a volunteer and later as a collaborator. They were able to collect difficult-to-obtain materials from major American extremist organizations and groups from the mid-1940s until the early 1990s.
Hall and Hoag gathered a representative sample of literature from a variety of extremist groups in America. In examining the organization of the Hall-Hoag materials, the groups that had a particularly significant impact can be studied in greater depth. Hall and Hoag divided their collection into the following categories: anti-integrationist organizations, anti-Jewish racist organizations, hate groups extreme Right, and Ku Klux Klan organizations. Each of these groups shared a belief in, and a commitment to, white supremacy.
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