2013 Kansas Day Celebration
Leonard Zeskind, an internationally recognized expert on the history of the white supremacist movement as it's evolved over the last three-plus decades, ties together seemingly disparate strands—from neo-Nazi skinheads, to Holocaust deniers, to Christian Identity churches, to David Duke, to the militia and beyond. Zeskind shows how factions have evolved into a normative social movement that looks like a demographic slice of white America, mostly bluecollar and working middle class, with lawyers and PhDs among their leaders. Zeskind has written widely on the radical right for publications such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, The Nation, Rolling Stone, and the Forward. His honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Petra Foundation Fellowship, the Paul H. Tobenkin Prize, and the Bayard Rustin Award.