Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate

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This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman Radio Show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story Ku Klux Klan's development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by the powers of fear and hate and of the folklorist who—along with many other activists— took on the Klan by ...

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This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman Radio Show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story Ku Klux Klan's development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by the powers of fear and hate and of the folklorist who—along with many other activists— took on the Klan by wielding the power of words. Above all, it tells the story of Superman himself—a modern mythical hero and an embodiment of the cultural reality of his times—from the Great Depression to the present.

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$30.75Gr 5 Up—Rick Bowers seamlessly weaves together accounts of the simultaneous emergence of the iconic Man of Steel and one of history's most notorious hate groups in his excellent book (National Geographic, 2012). As the Great Depression took its toll, Cleveland teens Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster decided the world needed a spectacular hero. They envisioned a character that would fight for the little guy and be a defender of truth and justice. Through trial and error, their idea evolved into Superman and was eventually introduced to mainstream audiences thanks to DC Comics. Around the same time, a right-wing group, the Ku Klux Klan, was forming in response to the country's political and economic unrest. Members blamed these problems on anything (and anyone) not fitting their narrow WASP ideal and sought to eliminate perceived threats through intimidation and violence. These two forces collided in 1947 on The Superman Radio Show, where the Man of Steel went head-to-head against the Men of Hate. Johnny Heller reads with the enthusiasm of an old-time radio announcer, doing the production justice. This fast-paced, meaty, and never dry account will fascinate teens, even those who don't enjoy reading nonfiction. An excellent supplement for American history classes.—Alissa LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Loved this book.  Such a unique bit of history presented in a cl

    Loved this book.  Such a unique bit of history presented in a clear and engaging way!  

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan Review By: Dalton Zeinert Th

    Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan Review
    By: Dalton Zeinert


    This book is really good. The characters in this book Jerry and Joe made an awesome comic and that is the adventure of superman. It deals with religions and non believers and is in a type of war. The Ku Klux Klan is trying to get a lot of members and they’re joining up with Hitler. In a comic they made Superman saving a Ku Klux Klan member. That’s why I think it’s a good book.

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