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IDS 101: Can It Happen Here?: The History of Fascism in the US: Using the Library

What Librarians Can Do for You

You can set up an individual research consultation with a subject librarian for research help. Here are a few other things that we can do for you:

  • Show you the best places to begin your research.
  • Locate the information you need within our library or elsewhere.
  • Help you cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
  • Judge the quality & reliability of information.
  • Teach you how to use information ethically (e.g. avoiding plagiarism).
  • Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.

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Using the Hatfield Library during the Covid 19 Pandemic

Reference / Getting Research Help:

  • Reference interactions will be virtual this semester. We will use chat and Zoom for most of these interactions.
  • If you don’t have a device with Zoom with you, we have workstations set up in the library that you can use.

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  • All items removed from the shelves, returned, or ordered via ILL or Summit will be quarantined for 96 hours before being available.
  • Contactless check out will remain available for those that request it in the front vestibule. You may access the vestibule with your valid ID 24 hours/day.

Building Policies for Fall Semester 2020:

  • The maximum occupancy of the Hatfield Library is 100 people.
  • Access is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Bring your ID card.  A card swipe is required for access.
  • Water fountains have been shut down until further notice.
  • Closed container beverages are permitted.
  • Eating is not allowed.
  • Masks are required.
  • Seating is marked to encourage 6 feet of social distancing.

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Reference Books

Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Online Reference Books

Poster for "It Can't Happen Here" 1936


Course Description

In 1935 Sinclair Lewis caused a stir with his satirical novel, It Can’t Happen Here. In an era of rising fascism in Germany, Italy, and around the world, Lewis’s novel invited readers to imagine what a homegrown, Midwestern American variant of fascism might look like. Lewis’s title points to a widely-held belief in the US that fascism could not, did not, and never could “happen here,” that the US was somehow uniquely immune from the sort of right wing, hyper-nationalistic, and racially-exclusionary populism that dominated the politics of many nations in the 1930s. Recent historical scholarship, however, has revealed that assessment to be based more on wishful thinking than empirical analysis. From the 1920s when millions of Americans, spread across every state of the union, joined a resurgent Ku Klux Klan; to 1939 when 20,000 Americans gathered for a “pro-America” rally at Madison Square Garden where the audience gave Nazi salutes toward a stage festooned with images of George Washington, the American flag, and the Swastika; to the immense popularity of the isolationist and virulently antisemitic “America First” movement in the late 1930s that claimed Nazi atrocities were either being exaggerated by the liberal media or were just none of America’s business;  it’s clear that a significant number of Americans in the years before WWII found fascist organizations and messages compelling. America’s entry into WWII quickly undermined the fascist movements of the 1930s, and at war’s end most Americans came to assume that the nation had no fascist tradition to speak of. After all, we were part of the international alliance that defeated fascism! This class will explore the history of homegrown, American fascism in the 20th century and the resistance to it, as well as the process through which the history of American fascism came to be largely forgotten in the years following WWII.