Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Thunder from the RightEzra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew L. Harris

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042256

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042256.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 25 January 2020

Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, and Perceptions of a “Communist Conspiracy”

Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, and Perceptions of a “Communist Conspiracy”

Chapter:
(p.124) 5 Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, and Perceptions of a “Communist Conspiracy”
Source:
Thunder from the Right
Author(s):
Matthew L. Harris
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042256.003.0006

Ezra Taft Benson brazenly asserted that Martin Luther King was a communist agent. Thus, Benson rejected the civil rights movement, claiming that it was an invitation to promote communist aims and organizations. In specific, Benson feared that the unrest unleashed by the “civil rights agitators,” as he called them, would lead to a revolution that would ultimately produce a worldwide depression and a catastrophic failure of money markets in the United States. For Benson, then, the civil rights movement was not about black rights but about communists using them as a pawn to undermine American institutions. This essay traces Benson’s views on civil rights, specifically Birch Society founder Robert Welch and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover’s influence on Benson’s racialist thinking.

Keywords:   Robert Welch, John Birch Society, J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King, civil rights movement, Black Power, Civil Rights Act (1964), Voting Rights Act (1965), communist conspiracy, end times, Brigham Young University

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.