Opinions Throughout History: Conspiracy Theories
Did the U.S. government hide evidence of UFOs? Were some of the Founding Fathers members of a satanic cult? Is there a secret cabal of wealthy billionaires controlling the world from behind the scenes? American culture is unique in the degree to which conspiracy theories have been incorporated into the fabric of American society, finding support even among America’s popular leaders and major public figures. This volume of Opinions looks at the unfolding of some of the biggest conspiracy theories in the history of America—from the assassination of JFK, to the alleged links between vaccines and autism, to QAnon and the imagined pedophilia ring of the “deep state.” Looking deeper into the origins and development of these theories will reveal how fear and mistrust have shaped American popular culture and continue to shape attitudes about the perceived secret, hidden nature of America, the world, and even the universe.