Christian Identity/British Israelism
Smith Started his political career on the left but then moved rapidly to the far right. He was a politicized preacher of the far right who raised millions. He embraced the ideology of Christian Identity movement. White Americans were the lost tribe of Israel and America was the promised land (19 ).
After Long Died he joined with a Catholic priest called Charles E. Coughlin who had popular radio show. Both joined together to create a new populist party, the Union Party that nominated North Dakota Congressman William Lemke to run Against FDR. The campaign caused Smith, Coughlin to openly fight and completely ignore their candidate, and their candidate only got 800,000 votes(20 ).
The anti Semitic version of British Israelism (Christian Identity) was advanced in the US by auto maker Henry Ford (21 ). To aid him in spreading the word was his publicist William J. Cameron (22 ).
Henry Ford also advanced British Israelism with an American twist given to it by Wesley Swift who founded who founded the Church of Jesus Christ Christian in 1946. William Potter Gale help shape the racist tenets of the movement (23 ).
Wesley Swift the head of Jesus Christ Christian, that was headquartered in Hollywood. Swift was a one-time Ku Klux Klan organizer and rifle instructor. He was a son of a Methodist minister. Because of his public speaking abilities he had a profound impact on the anti Semitic version British Israelism (24 ).
Wesley Swift is a former Methodist. In the 1950 and 1960's he was a Christian Identity key figure. He is responsible for much of Identity development in the 1970's and 1980s(25 ).
Cameron and New England lawyer Howard Rand helped gave the anti Semitic version of British Israelism a firm foothold during America's great depression (26 ).