Modes of Resolution of a "Belief Dilemma" in the Ideology of the John Birch Society

@article{Bennett1971ModesOR,
  title={Modes of Resolution of a "Belief Dilemma" in the Ideology of the John Birch Society},
  author={Stephen Earl Bennett},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={1971},
  volume={33},
  pages={735 - 772}
}
  • S. Bennett
  • Published 1 August 1971
  • History
  • The Journal of Politics
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