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Episode 2: The Brooklyn Boys

Father Charles E. Coughlin calls for armed Americans to create a militia. Their plot to overthrow the U.S. government and democracy questions if the country can handle that kind of homegrown threat.
Anti-Semitic Group Posing with Rifles
Five members of the Christian Front, an anti-Semitic group, pose with their rifles. The photo was seized by the F.B.I. when they were arrested for planning to overthrow the United States government.Bettmann Archive

About this episode:

The most prominent media figure in America calls for the creation of a militia, armed Americans willing to use violence to get their way. What they want is to overthrow the U.S. government and to end democracy in this country – by force. Their plot raised alarming indications that the federal government is not up to the task of dealing with that kind of homegrown threat.

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