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The Radicalism Collection

Questions to consider

Radicalism encompasses a wide range of topics and opportunities for research. If you're not sure where to begin, consider:

  1. The criteria of your assignment (ex. How are you being graded? What should be included in your paper?)
  2. The topics you're interested in (ex. Specific figures, movements, organizations, events)
  3. The who, what, where, when, why, and how questions related to your topics (ex. What factors led to a particular movement? How did a particular organization impact civil rights in the south?) 
  4. Research and materials that exist on your topics (ex. Are there enough scholarly resources? Relevant first-hand accounts/primary sources?)
  5. Size and scope of your final topic (ex. Can I write a paper on this topic that will fit the assignment criteria?)

Answering these questions can help you develop a strong research question, which will help you conduct your research.

Subject areas within the Collection

Strengths of the Radicalism Collection include:

  • Anti-war and peace activism
  • Black Power movement
  • Christian identity
  • Communism
  • Fascism
  • Feminism
  • Government propaganda
  • Labor unions
  • Marxism
  • Occultism 
  • Racist and segregationist literature 
  • Socialism
  • Social movements

The Collection primarily focuses on radicalism in the U.S. and is from an American perspective. However, some items from Western Europe and other parts of the world are also represented.

To browse materials in the Radicalism Collection, visit Find Sources.