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National States Rights Party

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Creator:United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Title:National States Rights Party

The National States Rights Party (NSRP) was formed in July of 1958, in Knoxville, Tennessee of segregationist and anti-Semitic elements. The NSRP is based on racism and bigotry, with blacks and Jews as its main hate targets. Jesse Benjamin Stoner was National Chairman and Edward Reed Fields was the editor of the group's newspaper, the Thunderbolt. Both Stoner and Fields threatened to shoot any FBI agents conducting investigation of them or NSRP. Investigation of the group terminated in April 1976, by the Attorney General who opined that the group did not constitute any danger to other living persons.

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, with events in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966 particularly notorious with five leading members imprisoned for inciting riots. The Federal Bureau of Investigation targeted the NSRP under its COINTELPRO-WHITE HATE 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 terminal 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. Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_States'_Rights_Party

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Types:Federal government records | Text
Subjects:Stoner, Jesse Benjamin, 1924-2005 | Fields, Edward Reed | National States Rights Party (U.S.) | White supremacy movements--United States | White supremacy movements--Southern States | White supremacy movements--Tennessee | White supremacy movements--Georgia | Segregationists--Southern States | Antisemitism--United States | Antisemitism--Southern States | Antisemitism--Tennessee | Antisemitism--Georgia | Racism--United States | United States--Race relations | Hate groups--United States | Hate--United States | Civil rights--United States | United States, Tennessee, Knox County, Knoxville, 35.9606384, -83.9207392 | United States, Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham, 33.5206608, -86.80249 | United States, Georgia, Cobb County, Marietta, 33.952602, -84.5499327
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Institution:Federal Bureau of Investigation
Contributors:United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
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