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  - mcintorino - LibraryThing

This book provides a factual and easy to read account of the rise of the KKK. Bartoletti uses primary documents, pictures and clips from publications of the time to help lend this history accuracy and ... Read full review

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User Review  - EmLu - LibraryThing

Beautifully written, but very difficult to read at times. This would be a book for an older group of students, and would require a lot of serious conversations about tolerance, bigotry, and America's complex relationship with race. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

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.