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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 10, 2014 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 172 pages
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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.

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

Although I wouldn't expect the author to take the side of the KKK, I was expecting a more balanced account of this terrorist organization. Bartoletti did include exeprts from klansmans' own journals ... Read full review

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User Review  - josephumana - LibraryThing

Almost every page has a historical image to accompany the gruesome retelling of some of the worst things to come out of the US as harsh as this seems it is important to remember. I think its because ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845a 1850, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Visit her website at www.scbartoletti.com .