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Big SisterFeminism, Conservatism, and Conspiracy in the Heartland$
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Erin M. Kempker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041976

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041976.001.0001

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Anticommunists and the World Government Conspiracy

Anticommunists and the World Government Conspiracy

(p.38) Chapter 2 Anticommunists and the World Government Conspiracy
Big Sister

Erin M. Kempker

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 2 uncovers the rhetoric of national anticommunist organizations, especially Minute Women and the John Birch Society, with regard to fears of a totalitarian world government during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s and explores the related history of one-worldism and millennialism. Activities of Minute Women in Indianapolis prove they acted as guardians of their local communities and sought to block the formation of local groups they believed connected to the communist conspiracy. Also discussed is the appeal of conspiracy theory to rightwing women and connections between anticommunist fears of one-worldism and the burgeoning feminist movement in the early 1960s.

Keywords:   Pro America, Minute Women, John Birch Society, conservatism, millennialism, world government, conspiracy, Cold War, United Nations, Bricker Amendment

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