Emory Burke

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Emory Carney Burke (August 26,[1915 - November 20, 2002) was a leading White activist in post-war America and co-founded the National Socialist organization The Columbians. He was a trained railroad draftsman.[1]

Early life

Emory Burke was born in 1915 and spent most of his youth in Birmingham, Alabama. After moving to Montgomery he attended Sidney Lanier High School where he joined the school’s debating society. He had always been interested in history, government, politics, philosophy and similar subjects. Emory Burke was familiar with the works of Lothrop Stoddard, Madison Grant, and Thomas Dixon Jr. He graduated in 1933 studying architectural drafting. In 1939 he married his childhood sweetheart.[2]

In 1935, Burke moved to New York and worked with Ernest Elmhurst an organizer for the American National Socialists (ANS) and the German-American Bund. In the early 1940s he worked with Joe McWilliams and the Christian Mobilizers.[3] While in New York he helped to publish the American Bulletin.[4] and was a staff member of The Storm newspaper.

During World War II he worked at the Bell Bomber Plant in Marietta, Georgia.[5]

The Columbians

Emory Burke co-founded The Columbians with Homer Loomis. At the time he was thirty-one and a veteran of several nationalist causes. He held the office of president of The Columbians. Georgia’s attorney general Dan Duke noted that Burke’s name was associated with “nearly every fascist organization in the country prior to World War II.”[6] Hitler reportedly hear about a speech Burke had made and said one day he would like to meet him.

Dan Duke, the lead prosecutor, once assaulted Emory Burke in the courtroom.[7] [8]

In 1947, Burke was convicted on a number of charges and sentenced to thirty-six months in prison. The Columbians was dissolved by the State of Georgia when they revoked their charter in June 1947.

In 1949 Emory Burke worked for Gerald L.K. Smith’s Christian Nationalist Crusade in St. Louis.

On April 26, 1950 Burke was imprisoned and put on a chain gang in Georgia.

Later political activity

In 1957 he was a founding member of the United White Party.

In August 1962 Emory Burke joined the National States Rights Party and was special issued a membership card with number #1 on it in honor of his service to the cause.

In later years Emory Burke became a member of the National Alliance and spoke at their national convention held in Chicago, Illinois.


  • "America for Americans" (booklet)[9]
  • Word (World?)Law and Order, thousand page manuscript unpublished[10]
  • Chain-Ganged by the Jewish Gestapo (1949, 1950) 27 pages, Singerman 761
  • The Unlifted Curse (1992) novel, 545 pages [1]


  1. "The Columbians, Inc.: a chapter of racial hatred from the post-World War II South", Journal of Southern History, November 1, 2003.
  2. Ibid, Journal of Southern History
  3. A Mask for Privilege: Anti-Semitism in America, By Carey McWilliams, page 207
  4. Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism In Modern American History, by Stephen E. Atkins, page 84
  5. Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism In Modern American History, by Stephen E. Atkins, page 84
  6. The Temple Bombing, by Melissa Fay Greene, Vintage 1997, page 35
  7. "Columbian Head Floored By Blow of Prosecutor" The Miami News November 23, 1946
  8. "Georgia Prosecutor KO’s Columbian’s President" The Milwaukee Sentinel November 24, 1946
  9. FBI file Realpolitical Institute
  10. The Columbians, Inc.: a chapter of racial hatred from the post-World War II South

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