The Introduction And Development Of National Socialism In The United States: 1924-1967

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Griffin William Honea (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Judkin Browning

Abstract: This is a research paper on the history of the early National Socialist movement in the United States, from the first German Nazis to immigrate to America in the 1920s up to the assassination of the American Nazi Party’s founder in 1967. The paper argues that despite the much greater size of the pre-war American Nazi organizations, the post-war neo-Nazi groups had a far more significant role in influencing the modern American white supremacist movement. Two periods of Nazi activity in America are examined; the pre-war period, from 1924 to 1942, and the post-war period, from 1945-1967. Several Nazi and neo-Nazi organizations founded within the United States are discussed, with particular attention being given to the pre-war German-American Bund and the post-war American Nazi Party. The Bund represents the numerical high-water mark of Nazism in the United States. No other National Socialist organization in American history has come close to the size that the Bund reached at its greatest extent in the late 1930s. However, following the Bund’s quick dissolution in the early 1940s, its legacy was quickly forgotten. Instead, the most influential organization in the history of American National Socialism is the American Nazi Party, founded by George Lincoln Rockwell. Rockwell never led more than a few hundred men, but he is widely regarded as the founder of American Nazism and is one of the most important figures in the history of the global neo-Nazi movement. This paper contrasts the Bund and the American Nazi Party using many secondary and primary sources, including numerous newspaper articles and Rockwell’s own writings, and demonstrates that the American Nazi party’s enduring legacy is due to Rockwell’s alterations of National Socialism, which allowed the ideology to draw an enduring American following which the Bund had failed to attract.

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Honors Project
Honea, G. (2023). The Introduction And Development Of National Socialism In The United States: 1924-1967. Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2023
neo-Nazis, white supremacy, American history, American Nazi Party, German-American Bund

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