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Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right

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A narrative history of the John Birch Society by a daughter of one of the infamous ultraconservative organization’s founding fathers.

The John Birch Society is a radical right-wing organization established in 1958 resonates strongly with the causes championed by the Religious Right and the Tea Party movement, including campaigns against civil rights, abortion, gay rights, labor unions, environmental protections, immigrant rights, social and welfare programs, the United Nations, and even water fluoridation. Worshipping their anti-Communist hero Joe McCarthy, the society is perhaps most notorious for its red-baiting and for accusing top politicians, including President Dwight Eisenhower, of being Communist sympathizers. They labeled John F. Kennedy a traitor and actively worked to unseat him. The Birch Society boasted a high-profile membership, including Fred Koch, father of the Koch brothers, who today are using their father’s millions to bankroll fundamentalist and ultraconservative movements. Claire Conner, pressed into signing the Birch membership book at age thirteen, is now a dedicated progressive and activist. Her intimate account — based on records, documents, and firsthand knowledge — gives us an inside look at one of the most radical right-wing movements in U.S. history and how it affects our political discourse today.

Review:

“Both of Claire Conner’s parents were deeply involved in the cult of far right politics: they knew that Eisenhower was a secret Communist and they idolized Francisco Franco. Wrapped in the Flag is at once the heartbreaking and intermittently hilarious story of her coming of age and a first-hand history of the far right since the 1950s. Conner’s book is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the sources of the conspiratorial, hate-filled tropes of the right today — whether they emanate from the Tea Party, the gun movement, race realists, Sovereign Citizens, or, increasingly, from elected officials in the GOP.” Arthur Goldwag, author of The New Hate: Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

About the Author

Claire Conner’s father was a national spokesperson for the John Birch Society for more than thirty years; her mother was also a staunch follower. Conner holds a degree in English with honors from the University of Dallas and a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. She lives in Tampa, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface: I know what Extremism Looks Like

Introduction: November 1963

Chapter 1:   Rally Cry

Chapter 2:   The Captain's Law

Chapter 3:   Sacrafices

Chapter 4:   Textbook Wars

Chapter 5:   Hard Right

Chapter 6:   Twisted

Chapter 7:   Moving Up

Chapter 8:   The Black Book

Chapter 9:   Stirring the Pot

Chapter 10: The Uncivil War

Chapter 11: Here We Go Again and Again and Again

Chapter 12: The End of the World

Chapter 13: Civil Rights Marching

Chapter 14: A Big Texas Howdy

Chapter 15: Crossfire

Chapter 16: Carrying the Cross

Chapter 17: AuH2O

Chapter 18: Something's Happening Here

Chapter 19: A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Chapter 20: One Woman's Heart

Chapter 21: Bang the Drum Slowly

Chapter 22: Attention Must Be Paid

Chapter 23: Hell in a Handbasket

Chapter 24: Bedtime Story

Acknowldegements

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807077504
Subtitle:
A Personal History of America's Radical Right
Author:
Conner, Claire
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130702
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.24 x 6.25 x 0.96 in 1.18 lb

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"Review" by , “Both of Claire Conner’s parents were deeply involved in the cult of far right politics: they knew that Eisenhower was a secret Communist and they idolized Francisco Franco. Wrapped in the Flag is at once the heartbreaking and intermittently hilarious story of her coming of age and a first-hand history of the far right since the 1950s. Conner’s book is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the sources of the conspiratorial, hate-filled tropes of the right today — whether they emanate from the Tea Party, the gun movement, race realists, Sovereign Citizens, or, increasingly, from elected officials in the GOP.”
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