American nationalism is a political ideology which recognizes that America was the creation of various peoples and nationalities from Europe. When compared to American conservatism, American nationalism emphasizes race and ethnicity over material values and “financial freedom“. An American nationalist sees his country as a continuation of the traditions of the White founding fathers. An American conservative sees the country as a marketplace welcoming anyone who can make the country richer in the short-term future.
An early form of American nationalism was nativism. The Know Nothing Party for a time represented nativist and American nationalist sentiment. After the First World War, opposition to internationalism and communism united American nationalists. During the 1920s and 1930s American nationalists saw Jews as carriers of the communist virus. According to the Anti-Defamation League nationalist organizations in 1930s American grew exponentially. Before 1932 there were only four significant anti-Semitic groups in the US. From 1933 to 1940 the number grew to at least to twelve hundred! After the attack on Pearl Harbor about half of these closed or suspended their activities.
In the 1930s and 1940s the American nationalist heartland was anchored in the Midwest where most of its organizations and their activities were based. By the 1950s and 1960s the weight of the movement shifted to the South where it was given a right-wing or ultra-conservative label reacting mainly to government pressure to impose a "civil rights" agenda upon the White population.
In the 1950s a modern conservative movement was created which took a strong anti-communist position but accepted Jews. It has been suggested modern conservatism was a creation of the CIA and major Jewish organizations to counter the expansion and appeal of American nationalism. Publications like the National Review and organizations like the John Birch Society took strong anti-communist positions while rejecting any form of anti-Semitism. In the case of National Review, former leftists--some of them Jews--joined the pages of America's leading conservative publication. In 1964 Senator Barry Goldwater--who was partly Jewish--received the Republican Party's nomination for President, putting the conservative stamp on a major American political party. During this period, American nationalists were largely reactionary in their views, particularly with regard to the issue of greater civil rights for Negroes.
In the 1980s American nationalists began to develop a separatist and revolutionary ideology. White nationalists began to realize that the old America could no longer be restored and a new nation must be created from states that still have a sizable White majority.
- Lineage of American Nationalist organizations and individuals
- List of American Nationalist publications
- Bibliography of the American nationalist movement
- American Nationalism 1930-1944
- White nationalism
- English nationalism