Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan

Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan

by David Cunningham
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Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan by David Cunningham

In the 1960s, on the heels of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and in the midst of the growing Civil Rights Movement, Ku Klux Klan activity boomed, reaching an intensity not seen since the 1920s, when the KKK boasted over 4 million members. Most surprisingly, the state with the largest Klan membership-more than the rest of the South combined-was North Carolina, a supposed bastion of southern-style progressivism. Klansville, U.S.A. is the first substantial history of the civil rights-era KKK's astounding rise and fall, focusing on the under-explored case of the United Klans of America (UKA) in North Carolina. Why the UKA flourished in the Tar Heel state presents a fascinating puzzle and a window into the complex appeal of the Klan as a whole. Drawing on a range of new archival sources and interviews with Klan members, including state and national leaders, the book uncovers the complex logic of KKK activity. David Cunningham demonstrates that the Klan organized most successfully where whites perceived civil rights reforms to be a significant threat to their status, where mainstream outlets for segregationist resistance were lacking, and where the policing of the Klan's activities was lax. Moreover, by connecting the Klan to the more mainstream segregationist and anti-communist groups across the South, Cunningham provides valuable insight into southern conservatism, its resistance to civil rights, and the region's subsequent dramatic shift to the Republican Party. Klansville, U.S.A. illuminates a period of Klan history that has been largely ignored, shedding new light on organized racism and on how political extremism can intersect with mainstream institutions and ideals.

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ISBN-13: 9780199911080
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/12/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 729,324
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

David Cunningham is Professor and Chair of Sociology and the Social Justice and Social Policy Program at Brandeis University. Over the past decade, he has worked with the Greensboro (N.C.) Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as the Mississippi Truth Project, and served as a consulting expert in several court cases. The author of There's Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence, his current research focuses on the causes, consequences, and legacy of racial violence.

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Klansville, U. S. A: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
airman732 More than 1 year ago
I heard the author being interviewed on public radio. I was surprised to hear about the strength of the Klan in North Carolina during the 1960's. I was a teenager, living in Greensboro, during the mid to late sixties. My parents, my aunts and uncles, were all active church members. I was also active in scouting. I don't remember hearing anything about the Klan, except in school or the newspapers. I purchased this book to learn more. It is well researched and well written by a very intellegent author. It has made me more aware of what was really going on around me as I led a sheltered life in the mostly segregated South. I now have a better understanding of the challenges faced by Dr. King and his followers. Thanks to David Cunningham for a job well done.
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