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Silver Legion of America

The Silver Legion of America, commonly known as the Silver Shirts, was an underground William Dudley Pelley that was headquarted in Asheville, North Carolina[1] and announced publicly on January 30, 1933.

Contents

  • History 1
  • In fiction 2
  • See also 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6
    • Archives 6.1

History

A canton at the upper left.

By 1934, the Silver Shirts had about 15,000 members.[3] Circa 1935 with Nazi German funding, the Silver Shirts had begun construction of the Murphy Ranch, situated on a secluded 55 acre site in the Los Angeles hills, which was meant to serve as a fortified world headquarters after the expected Fascist global conquest.[4]

Silver Shirt leader Pelley ran for [3]

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, local police occupied the "world headquarters" bunker compound and detained members of the 50-man caretaker force.[4] The declaration of war on the United States by Nazi Germany and the Kingdom of Italy led to the rapid decline of the Silver Legion.

In fiction

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.ajcarchives.org/AJC_DATA/Files/THR-SS1.PDF "The Silver Shirts: Their History, Founder, and Axtivities". August 24, 1933
  2. ^ Van Ells, Mark D. (August 2007). "Americans for Hitler". americainwwii.com. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "The Holocaust Chronicle PROLOGUE: Roots of the Holocaust, page 89". Holocaustchronicle.org. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Heil Hollywood: The Los Angeles bunker from which Hitler planned to run Nazi empire after the war". Daily Mail (London). 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ It Can't Happen Here

Further reading

  • Joe Allen, "'It Can't Happen Here?': Confronting the Fascist Threat in the US in the Late 1930s," International Socialist Review, Part One: whole no. 85 (Sept.-Oct. 2012), pp. 26–35; Part Two: whole no. 87 (Jan.-Feb. 2013), pp. 19–28.
  • Leo Paul Ribuffo, The Old Christian Right: The Protestant Far Right from the Great Depression to the Cold War. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1983.
  • John L. Spivak, Secret Armies: The New Technique of Nazi Warfare. New York: Modern Age Books, 1939.
  • John Werly, The Millenarian Right: William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Legion of America. PhD dissertation. Syracuse University, 1972.
  • Glen Yeadon, The Nazi Hydra in America. Joshua Tree, CA: Progressive Press, 2008.

External links

  • Photo of a Silver Legion of America meeting in the 1930s:
  • The Holocaust Chronicle: PROLOGUE: Roots of the Holocaust, page 89
  • The American Jewish Committees' archive on the Silver Shirts:
  • article on Rustic Canyon's Murphy RanchAtlas Obscura

Archives

  • Silver Shirt Legion of America Washington State Division Records. 1933-1940. 0.37 cubic feet (3 reels microfilm). At the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
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