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The Ku Klux Klan

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The Ku Klux Klan tells the story of America's oldest and largest homegrown terrorist organization. It is a revealing look at the philosophies and methods of a secret society that used religious symbols, secret codes, and the cloak of anonymity to bind its members together in the cause of violent racial warfare.

The Ku Klux Klan encompasses the organization's entire history, from its post-Civil War founding by Nathan Bedford Forrest, to its high watermark in the early 20th ...

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Overview

The Ku Klux Klan tells the story of America's oldest and largest homegrown terrorist organization. It is a revealing look at the philosophies and methods of a secret society that used religious symbols, secret codes, and the cloak of anonymity to bind its members together in the cause of violent racial warfare.

The Ku Klux Klan encompasses the organization's entire history, from its post-Civil War founding by Nathan Bedford Forrest, to its high watermark in the early 20th century, with membership swelling to four million and its founders portrayed as heroes in the film, Birth of a Nation to its resurgence in the Civil Rights era, to more recent attempts by David Duke and others to put a benign face on the Klan in order to gain elective office.

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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."

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"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

broadcast on the Superman radio show."

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Table of Contents

Klan Timeline

Ch. 1 Origin of the KKK 1

Ch. 2 Rebirth of the KKK 11

Ch. 3 The Return of Terrorism 21

Ch. 4 Kleaner Klan 35

Ch. 5 The Klan Philosophy 45

Ch. 6 Who Joins and Why? Mysticism, Politics, and Women of the KKK 51

Conclusion 61

Biographical Sketches 65

Appendix Significant Klan Leaders 103

Glossary of Klan Terms 105

Primary Documents 109

Selected Bibliography 149

Index 151

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