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When the ‘American Hitler’ came to Washington

Knute Berger explores the dark history of the Silver Shirts, a fascist splinter group that fielded a presidential candidate in 1936.

Intolerance has been a major issue in recent years.

It's nothing new in the Northwest, even if we might like to think so.

This week, Knute explores the dark history of the Silver Shirts, a fascist splinter group that fielded a presidential candidate in 1936. The only state where the group's candidate of choice was able to get on the ballot: Washington, where supporters in Redmond built him a log cabin "temple."

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When the ‘American Hitler’ came to Washington

About the Authors & Contributors

Eric Keto

Eric is a video producer for Cascade Public Media.

Knute Berger

Knute “Mossback” Berger is senior writer and columnist at Crosscut and host of the Mossback’s Northwest TV series on KCTS 9.