"All too often scholars tend to treat social movements as akin to organizations, as coherent, singular entities rather than as the unruly collections of groups and factions they tend to be. In this important book on the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina in the 1960s, Cunningham honors this messiness, while proposing a model of 'mediated competition' to explain local variation in the extent and form of Klan mobilization in the state. Anyone interested in the Klan, the civil rights movement, or social movements in general will want to have this on their shelf."
Doug McAdam, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
"Cunningham's nuanced study shows us why understanding the past is still relevant for today. In mapping the legacies of organized racial extremism in the midst of perceived scarcity of resources, Cunningham offers a road map for countering the rise of hate groups today."
Susan M. Glisson, Executive Director, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
"David Cunningham's deeply researched and well-crafted Klansville, U.S.A. lifts the sheet on the civil rights-era Ku Klux Klan in its stronghold of North Carolina, supposedly the progressive South, where KKK membership far outstripped that of any other Southern state. The Carolina Klan blocked black voting, burned newly-integrated schools and committed hundreds of shootings, beatings, bombings, and other acts of terror. Setting this appalling story in the larger context of America's flirtation with the hooded order, Cunningham offers a look into the past-and into the mirror, where our shadows, memories and hopes abide."
Tim Tyson, Duke University, and author of Blood Done Sign My Name
"In this important contribution, Cunningham has recovered a largely unknown, and counterintuitive state history, broadened our understanding of the regional variability of the 1960s Klan, and offered a well-theorized, wonderfully documented explanation of its emergence in one location."
"This book is truly a valuable analysis of the connection between southern culture and politics, and the quality of both Cunningham's scholarship and his writing make this work a thought-provoking and valuable contribution to the study of the South."
The Journal of Southern History