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The Victim - A romance of the Real Jefferson Davis [NOOK Book]

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In the historical romance which I have woven of the dramatic events of the life of Jefferson Davis I have drawn his real character unobscured by passion or prejudice. Forced by his people to lead their cause, his genius created an engine of war so terrible in its power that through it five million Southerners, without money, without market, without credit, withstood for four years the shock of twenty million men of their own blood and equal daring, backed by boundless resources. ^The achievement is without a ...
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The Victim - A romance of the Real Jefferson Davis

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Overview

In the historical romance which I have woven of the dramatic events of the life of Jefferson Davis I have drawn his real character unobscured by passion or prejudice. Forced by his people to lead their cause, his genius created an engine of war so terrible in its power that through it five million Southerners, without money, without market, without credit, withstood for four years the shock of twenty million men of their own blood and equal daring, backed by boundless resources. ^The achievement is without a parallel in history, and adds new glory to the records of our race. ^The scenes have all been drawn from authentic records in my possession. I have not at any point taken a liberty with an essential detail of history.^ -- Thomas Dixon Thomas Dixon (1864-1946) earlier published The Clansman from which D.W. Griffith produced his film Birth of a Nation.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016608747
  • Publisher: RANDALL BRADY SANDERS
  • Publication date: 4/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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Born in Shelby, North Carolina, Dixon was the son of Thomas Dixon, Sr., a Baptist minister and farmer, and Amanda Elvira McAfee. As a young man, Thomas Sr. had inherited a number of slaves from his first wife's father. Dixon Sr., while not an abolitionist, did not want to own slaves himself. At one point he was offered US$100,000 for his slaves, but he declined the offer, worried that their new owner might mistreat them.In his adolescence Dixon helped out on the family farm, an experience that he hated, but that he later would say helped him to relate to the plight of the working man. Dixon grew up during Reconstruction following the Civil War. The government confiscation of farm land, the corruption of local politicians, and particularly the vengefulness of Federal troops coupled with the general lawlessness of the time all helped to shape young Dixon into a staunch opponent of what he called one of history's greatest tragedies.
Among Dixon's earliest memories, and perhaps his most important, was the widow of a Confederate soldier who had served under Dixon's uncle Col. Leroy McAfee pleading for his family's help. The widow claimed that a black man had raped her daughter. Public outrage was extremely high with the Civil War still fresh in the minds of most southerners. That night the Ku Klux Klan hanged and repeatedly shot the alleged rapist in the town square.Dixon's mother commented to him that night that "[The Klan are] our people--they're guarding us from harm." It was a moment that etched itself into Dixon's memory: he felt that the Klan's actions were justified, and that desperate times called for desperate measures. Dixon's father, Thomas, Sr., and his uncle Col. McAfee, both joined the Ku Klux Klan early in its history with the aim of "bring order" to the tumultuous times, and Col. McAfee even attained the rank of Chief of the Klan of the Piedmont area of North Carolina.But, after witnessing the corruption and scandal involved in the Klan they would both dissolve their affiliation with the group and attempt to disband it within their region.


The first page of Dixon's The Ku Klux Klan.
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