They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti


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Boys, let us get up a club.

With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee in 1866. The six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and, all too quickly, their club grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South.

This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America’s democracy. Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries, this account from Newbery Honor-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a book to read and remember. A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618440337
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 08/23/2010
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 1,232,695
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti pored over 8,027 pages of congressional testimony, 2,300 slave narratives, contemporaneous newspapers, and diaries. It is her hope that these stories told will stand in memorial to the great courage of the Klan victims and of all freed slaves and to the pivotal role they played in American history.

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