The Ku Klux Klan and Related American Racialist and Antisemitic Organizations: A History and Analysis

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 316 pages
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Despite the fact that the Ku Klux Klan can be traced from the 1700s through the Civil War and is going strong in the present day, many people fail to realize the reach and influence of the group. Many scholars, for instance, perceive the KKK as a radical racist group composed primarily of ignorant, uneducated members, when it is actually much more. Some Klan groups are political, while others are simply social. Some meet and eat just as any other mainstream civic or church group, but others are focused toward the use of well-planned violence. Not all Klan groups advocate an overthrow of the U.S. government, though some do.
The author traces the historical development of the Klan, addressing its organization, membership, ideologies and philosophies. Avoiding the bias of previous works--written by either Klan apologists or detractors--the author chronicles the directions the group has taken during its long and diverse history. The study also details the secret oaths of allegiance, the Imperial Wizards, and the concept of Knighthood. The result is an accurate account of the Ku Klux Klan, a group that has continued to grow and evolve in response to changing times.

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Quarles is a professor of political science and director of the criminal justice program at the University of Mississippi. He has served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army, in the Mississippi Crim Laboratory, and as the director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

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