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This is not a Klan book. There have been many books written about the history the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Its violent, clandestine past has been well chronicled. This is a book about selling, about marketing, about public relations, and about journalism. The product just happens to be the Klan. This is the tale of two brilliant marketing executives who, in the early days twentieth century, used their collective genius to spread hate into every corner country-and to turn fear into a fortune. For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate A America tells a fascinating, powerful, and previously untold story based on Laackman's original research, archival material never before published, Census records, and obscure hooks and letters. It's the story of an emerging communications industry, an industry filled with potential and fraught with peril.
|Publisher:||Everything Goes Media, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 True Believer 1
Chapter 2 Flim-Flam Man 21
Chapter 3 On Her Own 31
Chapter 4 An Association 39
Chapter 5 Contract with the Devil 45
Chapter 6 Fertile Ground 53
Chapter 7 Power Play 81
Chapter 8 The Whistle 97
Chapter 9 The World 107
Chapter 10 Damage Control 141
Chapter 11 Shock Waves 165
Chapter 12 Flight 203
Chapter 13 End Game 235
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not just interesting, but fascinating story of the public relations team that promoted the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1910's and early 1920's. To think that all this happened pre WWII and how we as a nation fought the Nazis is ludicrous. Dale Laackman sets up the reader with lots of background information and slowly pulls you in so that you can't wait to hear what happens next. And this is history, not a fictitious story. Klan membership went from 500 to 5,000,000 under their reign and they made a lot of money doing it. Governors, mayors, judges, and police all helped promote their cause across the country, that white supremacy rules, we need to protect real Americans, and step up and take action whenever we see injustices. This was vigilante justice at its best and people signed on in droves. They had costumes, rituals and dues, just like all the other fun fraternal organizations and Edward Young Clark and Bessie Tyler easily took William Joseph Simmons' ideas and exploited them all out. Recommended for fans of history and anyone looking for a good solidly researched read.
Interesting true story about how two doggedly persistent entrepreneurs made a fortune by marketing and selling hate and fear. They took a relatively toothless KKK and in the early 20th century turned it into a force to be reckoned with for the next 50 years.