IN PERSON & VIRTUAL: Nazis of Copley Square -- The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front
Tuesday, August 307:00—8:00 PMMeeting RoomTewksbury Public Library300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876
Author Charles Gallagher will discuss his latest book, Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front.
About The Book: The forgotten history of American terrorists who, in the name of God, conspired to overthrow the government and formed an alliance with Hitler. On January 13, 1940, FBI agents burst into the homes and offices of seventeen members of the Christian Front, seizing guns, ammunition, and homemade bombs. J. Edgar Hoover’s charges were incendiary: the group, he alleged, was planning to incite a revolution and install a “temporary dictatorship” in order to stamp out Jewish and Communist influence in the United States. In Nazis of Copley Square, Gallagher provides a crucial missing chapter in the history of the American far right. The men of the Christian Front imagined themselves as crusaders fighting for the spiritual purification of the nation, under assault from godless Communism, and they were hardly alone in their beliefs. Gallagher chronicles the evolution of the front, the transatlantic cloak-and-dagger intelligence operations that subverted it, and the mainstream political and religious leaders who shielded the front’s activities from scrutiny. Nazis of Copley Square is a grim tale of faith perverted to violent ends, and a warning for those who hope to curb the spread of far-right ideologies today.
About The Author: Charles R. Gallagher is Associate Professor of History at Boston College. His first book, Vatican Secret Diplomacy, won the John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association. Learn more about Gallagher HERE.
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