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"Although there are hundreds of good historical studies of the Ku Klux Klan available, this one is especially helpful for students in high school and colleges due to its emphasis on providing a good, yet brief, history of the Klan, profiles of some of its major leaders, and especially primary source documents. An inexpensive purchase, most academic libraries and most medium and larger public libraries should add this volume to their circulating collections."
"Ohio-based journalist Gitlin chronicles the history and philosophy of the Ku Klux Klan, which was founded in 1865 and today maintains a presence in pockets around the US. A timeline opens the text, followed by six loosely chronological chapters covering the following themes: origin of the Klan, its growth after the release of the 1915 film Birth of a Nation, Klan terrorism during the Civil Rights era, attempts to depict a "cleaner" clan after 1970, the Klan philosophy, and the demographics and motivations of members. Following are a glossary of terms used within the KKK and biographical sketches of major leaders. Finally, 20 excerpts of primary press documents with reflections from the author are provided, including notes from Stetson Kennedy's undercover infiltration of the Klan that resulted in the group's secret codes being
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