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American Challenger

American Challenger, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1969

Los Angeles: American Christian Freedom Society, 1969. The American Challenger's editor was the Rev. Uriah Fields who helped found the Montgomery Improvement Association in 1955, which coordinated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Fields worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. before falling out with him over King's alleged sympathy for Communism. He also accused boycott leaders - including King - of misusing MIA funds, which he described in his bitter 1959 book, The Montgomery Story: The Unhappy Effects of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Fields' detractors claimed that he resigned over his bitterness at not being chosen to lead the boycott (which was later acknowledged by Fields himself. In this issue of the American Challenger, Fields disavows the notion of "Negro history" and "Negro History Week," and claims that both are constructs of the white establishment and uneducated blacks. Instead, he asserts the importance of African-American or black history and closes by stating, "African-Americans must demand that black history, including African-American history, be taught in our schools and colleges, not only in black schools or to black students but to all students." Fields published the American Challenger until 1974, although all issues appear uncommon. Less than six institutions in OCLC hold any issue. One sheet folded (8 ½" x 7") and printed in blue, 4 p., photograph of Fields. Initials of the Wisconsin State Historical society to the top of the front cover; mailing label and discard stamp to the rear cover.
  • $125
Manual of Christian Common Law for Christians and Their Posses With Suggested Posse Notices

Manual of Christian Common Law for Christians and Their Posses With Suggested Posse Notices, Indictment and Arrest Forms Etc.

Freed, Rev. James W. (compiled by) Webberville, Mich: J. W. Freed, 1973. Second printing. A legal manual for Posse Comitatus adherents and "to aid White Christian Americans in the coming struggle to establish The Kingdom of God in these United States" (p. 1). Freed, a Christian Identity minister from Michigan, provides a history of America's Christian founding and the tenets of Biblical and Christian Common Law found in the founding charters of many of the original states. It is Biblical, Christian Common Law, and Constitutional Law that gives Posse Comitatus the legal authority to oppose those public servants who violate those laws and in some instances put them to death. Freed then describes examples of those who are subject to punishment: usurers, tax officials, revenue agents, judges, school officials who promote race-mixing, busing, sex ed., atheism, drugs, and free love, politicians who promote no-win wars, one-world government, abortion, fluoridation, higher taxes, anti-gun legislation, and television officials who promote filth, pornography, anti-Christ views on marriage, divorce, promiscuity, and race-mixing. The rest of the manual includes the details of Freed's own legal case with Michigan tax officials over his refusal to pay income tax, and includes reproductions of Posse Comitatus documents issued to government officials. Inside the rear cover is a pocket that includes four blank documents that other activists can use against their own public officials. An insightful primary source document that provides an intimate look at the Posse Comitatus (Sovereign Citizen) movement and its overlap with Christian Identity and racial nationalism. Metal spiral bound sheets (11" x 8 ½"), 66 p., document reproductions. Light edge wear, else Near Fine. One copy in OCLC at the Univ. of Kansas.
  • $175
Communities (a broken run of 61 issues)

Communities (a broken run of 61 issues)

Louisa, Virginia: Community Publications Cooperative, 1988. A broken run of 61 of the first 75 issues of this important, and long-running, resource focused on communes, cooperatives and intentional communities. Established in 1972 as an inter-communal communication network, the magazine was a merger of Alternatives (formerly The Modern Utopian), Communitarian, and Communitas and featured representatives from each of these publications as well as communal members from various communes. Issues were primarily theme-based and included articles that were both practical and conceptual, lengthy letters from members of fledgling and long-standing communities, resource lists, and directories. Issue 30 was published jointly with the School of Living publication Green Revolution and issues 37-38 were replaced by a nearly 200-page book titled A Guide to Cooperative Alternatives: Community Participation, Social Change, Well-Being, Appropriate Technology, Networking... (included here), and 71/72 is a double issue. Communities is still published today in both print and digital formats. Included in this run are issues: 1-17, 19-39, 41, 43, 46, 48-55, 57-58, 60, 62, 66-67, 69-73, 75. Stapled wrappers (generally 11" x 8 ½"), various pagination, although most issues are 64 p., illustrated. "Shalom House" stamp to the front cover of most issues, mailing label of Dick Wempe (Father Richard Wempe founder of Shalom House) to the rear cover. A VG run.
  • $950
The Node: Voice of the Personalized Computer Network

The Node: Voice of the Personalized Computer Network, Vol. 2, No. 4, Summer 1987

San Francisco: Performing Arts Social Society, Inc, 1987. A scarce single issue of this quarterly computer journal associated with the controversial Kerista commune. The journal's stated purpose was to "foster the use of computers in improving the human condition in the 21st century," but it also served to market the varied products and services of Abacus, Inc., the commune's woman-owned enterprise, which became an early retailer of Apple computers after a group of Abacus women stormed an Apple conference in 1985 and pitched their enterprise before Apple CEO John Sculley. Abacus also published The Utopian Classroom. The Node offered readers well written articles on computer hardware and software and the philosophical implications of harnessing technology for social good. Each issue also featured Mitch Slomiak's column, "The Computer Rabbi," Even Eve's comic strip, "Far Out West," book and software reviews, adverts for computers and computer services, and inducements to become a member or subscriber of Kerista's many entrepreneurial initiatives and publications (Abacus also published The Utopian Classroom). The Node appears to have ceased publication with Vol. 6, No. 1 (included here). Side-folding tabloid format, 32 p., illus. Mailing label and penned address to the back cover, else Near Fine. Less than a dozen institutions holding any issue in OCLC.
  • $150
White Legion Review [with] Steppingstones (three issues)

White Legion Review [with] Steppingstones (three issues)

[Thomas, Earl W.?] Silver Spring, Maryland: White Legion Books / Steppingstones, 1977. Three items from an obscure Maryland far right imprint that existed in the 1970s to disseminate (and briefly, to publish) racial nationalist, revisionist, Indo-Aryan, National Socialist, anti-Semitic, anti-Communist, and other rightist material. Established as the White Legion Review/White Legion Books in 1973, a secondary publication called Steppingstones was issued in 1974 to publish longer reviews, articles, and interviews. In 1975, the first English language edition of Paul Rassinier's controversial Holocaust revisionist work, Le Drame des Juifs Européens (1964), was published as The Drama of the European Jews by Steppingstones Publications from a translation by Harry Elmer Barnes. In his article, "A Brief History of Holocaust Revisionism," Willis Carto claimed, "In 1975, Earl W. Thomas of Silver Spring, Maryland, had Barnes translate Rassinier's Drama of the European Jews, added a foreword by Michael Hardesty and published it under Steppingstones Publications." Since Barnes died in 1968, it was a strange error for Carto to make, especially since he knew and worked with Barnes before his death. Still, Carto's article provides the only reference to the individual likely behind White Legion/Steppingstones, Earl W. Thomas, Jr. Included here are: White Legion Review, Vol. 1, No. 4, Autumn 1973. Folded, unbound sheets, [8] p. A list of distributed titles with descriptions. Wilcox Collection stamp to the front page. Steppingstones, Vol. 1, No. 8, Summer 1976. Large tabloid format (22" x 15 ½"), 4 p. The front page includes a long review of The Drama of the European Jews by Michael Hardesty. A few passages neatly underlined in red ink. Inside and back pages include other distributed titles with a few adverts for other rightist publications. Steppingstones, May 1977. First printing. Tabloid format printed in black on newsprint, [4] p. The front page includes an interview with the German born, British psychologist Dr. Hans Esenck whose controversial findings on race and IQ made him a target for equalitarian academics and activists. The interview was taken from the first issue of the British publication Beacon. The other three pages consist of an article called "White Roots" written in response to Alex Haley's Roots. Includes 11 photographs showing racial differences between groups.
  • $150