National States Rights Party
|National States Rights Party|
|Political position||White nationalism|
|Leader||J. B. Stoner|
|Colours||Red, white, blue|
The National States Rights Party, also known as the NSRP, was an American White supremacist political party that found a minor role in the politics of the United States. The party was active from 1958 until 1987 and was mostly popular in the American South, although it did not advocate the recreation of the Confederacy. The group supported the group interests of White Americans, opposed Jewish cultural distortion and supported Christianity as the values of society. The two most notable figures associated with the party were J. B. Stoner and Edward Fields.
Founded July 1958 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the party grew out of the United White Party which was formed a year earlier. The National Chairman of the party was J. B. Stoner and the party produced a newspaper, The Thunderbolt, which was edited by Edward Fields.
On August 30 and 31, 1958 they held their National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The party began to expand its operations and moved to new headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama in 1960. Supporters were soon kitted out in the party uniform of white shirts, black pants and tie and an armband bearing the thunderbolt version of the Wolfsangel. Thunderbolt itself gained a circulation of 15,000 in the late 1960s and the party became active in rallies across the United States. The Federal Bureau of Investigation targeted the NSRP under its COINTELPRO program.
The party saw its influence decline in the 1970s as chief ideologue Fields began to devote more of his energies to the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, in April 1976 U.S. Attorney General Edward H. Levi concluded an FBI investigation into the group, after it was decided that they posed no threat.
The 1980s saw the decline of the NSRP, beginning initially with Stoner being convicted for a bombing in 1980. Without his leadership the party descended into factionalism and in August 1983, Fields was expelled for spending too much time on the KKK. Without its two central figure the NSRP fell apart and by 1987 they had ceased to exist altogether.
- We of the National States Rights Party believe in the Christian heritage of our people, the White Race and the Nation which the Whiteman created out of the wilderness of this continent . . .
- We believe in the principles laid down by our forefathers in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights contained therein . . .
- We will not allow the blood of our people to be polluted with that of black, yellow, or mongrel peoples . . .
- All that is patriotic, good, clean, and decent springs forth from the foundations of our White folk . . .
- We dedicate ourselves to the task of saving America and the White Race and the preservation of the pure blood of our forefathers, so that all future generations which come after us will be born as White children with a creative intelligence that will strengthen our civilized influence over the world for the good of all mankind.
- 1958-June 1960 Jeffersonville, Indiana
- June 1960-1964 the NSRP offices were located at 1865 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, Alabama.
- 1965 the NSRP headquarters moves to Savannah, Georgia
Groups that merged or were absorbed by the NSRP
- National White American Party (1950s) (1958)
- Realpolitical Institute (1958)
- United White Party (1958)
- North Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
- Arthur B. Cole of LaFollette, Tennessee was the first National Chairman of the NSRP
- Mrs. Peter Cowan (Edna Cowan) of Indiana, Vice-Chairman
- Matt Koehl was the first National Organizer of the NSRP and remained with the party until March 1962. He later joined George Lincoln Rockwell’s American Nazi Party.
- Ned Dupes was the first Secretary-Treasurer and later a National Chairman of the NSRP.
- Ned Dupes, National Chairman since 1962
- Mrs. Edsen L. Bishop (Ann Bishop), National Vice Chairman from Little Rock, Arkansas, since 1962
- Bernice Settle, Secretary-Treasurer since 1962
- Robert A. Bowling, National Coordinator of NSRP units
- Jerry Dutton, Youth Leader since 1962
- Jim Thornton, Associate Editor
- Edward R. Fields, Information Director
- Oren F. Potito, National Organizer since 1962
- R. D. Eldridge, National Organizer ca. 1965
Other NSRP leaders
- Connie Lynch
- Jerrold Pope
- Matt H. Murphy Jr. of Alabama
- Allen O. Kern, Missouri State Chairman
- Pat R. Crawford, Arkansas State Chairman
- Theodore C. Baldwin, Arkansas Secretary-Treasurer
- James R. McDaniel, Jr., Alabama State Director
- Robert Lewton, California State Director
- Terrell P. Eddy, California State Organizer
- Dewey M. Taft, Florida State Director
- Rev. Henry R. White, Georgia State Chairman
- Michael Landis, Illinois State Director
- R. D. Eldridge, Ohio State Organizer
- Bill Hoff, New York State Director
- Gilbert Paquette, Pennsylvania State Organizer
- Rev. Gordon Winrod, Chaplin, circa 1962
- Peter Xavier
- Lineage of American Nationalist organizations and individuals
- Realpolitical Institute
- Leslie E. Rogers
- Infiltration and surveillance report on the NSRP (1969)
- National States Rights Party (FBI monograph, May 1970)
- Infiltration and surveillance report on the NSRP (unknown date)
- Released FBI files: NSRP NYC-4, NSRP-NYC-5, NSRP-NYC-6, NSRP-NYC-7, NSRP-NYC-8, NSRP-NYC-9, NSRP NYC-10, NSRP NYC-11, NSRP-Chicago-1, Chicago-1A, NSRP-Chicago-2, NSRP Chicago-2A, NSRP-Chicago-3, NSRP-Chicago-3A, NSRP-Chicago-4, NSRP Chicago-4A, NSRP Chicago-5-1, NSRP Chicago-5-2, NSRP-Chicago-5, NSRP Chicago-5A,NSRP-Chicago-6, NSRP-Chicago-6A, NSRP Chicago-7, NSRP-Chicago-8, NSRP-Chicago-9, NSRP-Chicago-10, NSRP-Chicago-11, NSRP Chicago-12, NSRP-Chicago-13, NSRP-Chicago-14, NSRP-Chicago-15, NSRP-Chicago-16, NSRP-Chicago-17, NSRP-Chicago-18-19