The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in America

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - History - 526 pages
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Few groups in our history are as fascinating and mysterious as the Ku Klux Klan. Its story is one of violence, political manipulation and intrigue, absurdity, and mesmerizing organizational and propaganda skills. Through shrewd political tactics and powerful leadership, the Klan has often been a potent force, as it encouraged Americans to protect themselves from those they find "unacceptable." Its actions have made it one of the most feared groups in America.

In The Fiery Cross, Wyn Craig Wade traces the Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the present. Wade provides us with the history of the group, which has gone through a number of declines and renaissances over the last hundred years. We follow the Klan's resurgence in 1915 after D.W. Griffith's epic film The Birth of a Nation depicted Klan members as heroic saviors of the old Southern society, to the swearing in of President Warren G. Harding as a Klansman in the Green Room, and from the Klan's championing of white supremacy as a response to the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, to their present day activities, aligning themselves with a variety of neo-fascist and right-wing groups in the American West. Finally, Wade provides us with an assessment of the Klan's future.
The Fiery Cross provides an exhaustive analysis and perspective on this dark shadow of American society. It is long overdue.
  

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User Review  - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing

A dated but still useful history of the Ku Klux Klan, from its early beginnings under General Nathan Bedford Forrest through the high tide of the 1920s and beyond. Some suprising figures appear throughout the narrative, providing interesting insights on later events. Recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - Rob Grebel - Goodreads

This book was my first exposure to the idea that Reconstruction was actually a good thing as conceived, and not just about money-grubbing carpetbaggers or whatever the myth is. Excellent book. Read full review

Contents

Preface
5
18651915
31
Postscript
112
19151930
119
Postscript
248
19301987
257
Divisible Invisible Empire
276
The Roaring Sixties
307
His Hot and Awful Light
333
A Bible in One Hand and a 38 in the Other
368
Postscript
397
Acknowledgments
404
Notes
447
Index
514
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Wyn Craig Wade is a psychologist and historian. He is the best-selling author of The Titanic: End of a Dream. He is currently a full-time writer, as well as an instructor of psychology at Ivy Tech State College in Indiana.

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