Conspiracy Theories in American History
his encyclopedia contains three sections. The first section provides a road map to the topic, with a narrative overview of conspiracies and conspiracy theories in U.S. history, and a summary of different theoretical approaches to studying the phenomenon. The second section contains alphabetical entries. These entries set out the historical, intellectual, and political context behind the conspiracy, conspiracy theory, event, person, or institution in question; provide (where relevant) a detailed explanation of the theory or episode itself; suggest the outline (where appropriate) of a critical analysis of the theory; and finally list references to important sources and further reading. The final section of the encyclopedia contains approximately 100 excerpts from original source documents that illustrate the range of conspiracies and conspiracy theories in U.S. history.