The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

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" The year was 1865. With the close of the Civil War, there began for the South, an era of even greater turmoil. In The Clansman, his controversial 1905 novel, later the basis of the motion picture The Birth of a Nation , Thomas Dixon, describes the social, political, and economic disintegration that plagued the South during Reconstruction, depicting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the reactions of two families to racial conflict. This study in social history was alternatively praised and damned by contemporary critics. As historian Thomas D.
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Overview

" The year was 1865. With the close of the Civil War, there began for the South, an era of even greater turmoil. In The Clansman, his controversial 1905 novel, later the basis of the motion picture The Birth of a Nation , Thomas Dixon, describes the social, political, and economic disintegration that plagued the South during Reconstruction, depicting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the reactions of two families to racial conflict. This study in social history was alternatively praised and damned by contemporary critics. As historian Thomas D. Clark notes in his introduction, the novel "opened wider a vein of racial hatred which was to poison further an age already in social and political upheaval. Dixon had in fact given voice in his novel to one of the most powerful latent forces in the social and political mind of the South." For modern readers, The Clansman probes the roots of the racial violence that still haunts our society.
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The 1905 second novel of Dixon's (1864-1946) Reconstruction trilogy was controversial when it appeared, as was the movie made from it, a decade later. Its racist interpretation of US history and society, however, reflected mainstream public opinion at the time. Noting that it was never considered good literature, Wintz (history, Texas Southern U.) abridges it be accessible to students of politics, especially racial politics in America at the turn of the century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The Clansman probes the roots of the racial violence that still haunts our society." — The Lone Star Book Review" —
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494757069
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/20/2013
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 486,778
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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Thomas Dixon Jr., Illustrated by Arthur I. Keller
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