Anti-Government Literature

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Why is it important that we understand the motive behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing?

Anti-government literature was in Timothy McVeigh’s possession at the time of his arrest, including pages from The Turner Diaries, a hate propaganda novel called the “bible of the racist right” by the FBI. This book was used as evidence in the trials and was introduced to help explain the perpetrators’ motive for the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.

Written by a Neo-Nazi, the novel describes in detail a truck bomb that cripples the Federal Government, beginning years of violence leading to the death of all Jewish and non-white people. McVeigh sold copies of the book at gun shows across the nation as well as sending copies to his friends. Much of the literature that influenced the perpetrators in 1995, continues to be required reading in hate groups that are active today and in far-right conspiracy theories.

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