Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, 1873-

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Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, 1873-

Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, 1873-

Collection consists of an estimated 5,000 monographs, 4,500 serials, 800 audiotapes, 80,000 pieces of ephemera and the personal correspondence of Laird M. Wilcox and others involved in the Left- and Right-wing politics of America. The bulk of the collection documents the history and development of political thought and action ranging from the 1960's to the present. Some earlier materials include the work of Elizabeth Dilling, Gerald L.K. Smith and William Dudley Pelley. For the more contemporary period a very few of the groups represented are Students for a Democratic Society, the Communist Party, U.S.A., the American Nazi Party and the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade.

2085 linear ft.

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Wilcox, Laird M.

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In May 1961, retired Michigan professor Walter Bergman and his wife Frances joined eleven others in a racially integrated Freedom Ride of the South, as a challenge to segregation. At Birmingham, Alabama, their members were beaten with fists and clubs by Ku Klux Klansmen, causing Walter Bergman to suffer permanent injuries which confined him to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. He later filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, charging that it knew of the Klan's plan...