Fascism

Britain and the U.S.: It Could Have Happened Here

In the fifth episode, our Slate Academy looks at the small, but significant, fascist movements that took root in the U.S. and Britain.

Sir Oswald Mosley.

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In our fifth installment, we look at the small, but significant, smattering of fascist movements that took root in the United States and the mother country in the time before World War II. We interview Nancy MacLean, historian at Duke University and author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan, to find out more about fascism’s hold on the American mind in the 1920s and 1930s.

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