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Conspiracy Theories

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library,
The term conspiracy theory conjures up a range of images in the public imagination. From complex political cover-ups to chemtrails to tinfoil hats, most people have some conception of what a conspiracy theory encompasses and who follows it. A simple Google search with the term ?conspiracy theories? produces over 14 million results, the first several of which provide lists of common held conspiracy theories from both mainstream and alternative press sources. Whatever one's opinions may be, clearly there is no denying the prevalence of the conspiracy theory in American society today.
So how much credence do conspiracy theories have? Some people will dismiss them as products of paranoid minds, while others regard the mainstream stories as fundamentally fraudulent. Where does the truth lie? Somewhere in between? It is hard to say, but a good place to dig for the truth has always been the public library. For an introduction to the idea of conspiracy theories and their place in the American consciousness, take a look at the following books:
Conspiracy Theory in America by Lance DeHaven-Smith
No discussion of conspiracy theories would be complete without including the September 11 attacks:
322.420973 H6325 2008 The Hidden History of 9-11
And before 9/11, there was the Oklahoma City bombing:
And the tragedy of the Martin Luther King assassination remains unresolved for many people:
And did you know about?
With all of the material available, how do you discern between fact and fiction? We have some guidance for you in that regard as well:
So the next time you find yourself questioning a current or historical event, check out the material the library has to offer. Connect the dots, and perhaps you might stumble upon an intricate web of deceit just waiting to be exposed. Or maybe you will find enough information to support an official story. You never know until you do the research yourself.