Hooded Americanism

Author: David Mark Chalmers
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822307723
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Social Science

The nature and objectives of the Ku Klux Klan are revealed in a study of its development and members over one hundred years

Kultur und Praxis der Wahlen

Author: Hedwig Richter
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783658160982
Release Date: 2016-11-21
Genre: Political Science

Was ist eigentlich der Sinn und Zweck des Wählens? Warum gelten Wahlen seit dem 20. Jahrhundert für nahezu alle Staaten als unverzichtbar? Um die Erfolgsgeschichte und die variierenden Bedeutungen von Wahlen zu verstehen, gilt es, die historische Dimension zu berücksichtigen und mit einem anthropologisch interessierten Blick neue Fragen zu stellen. Diese Neue Wahlgeschichte lässt den scheinbar so selbstverständlichen Gegenstand „Wahlen“ erklärungsbedürftig erscheinen. Sie fragt nach Praktiken, Materialität, Ideen und Diskursen, um die Funktionen politischer Wahlen in verschiedenen historischen und politischen Kontexten von Europa über Nordamerika bis hin nach Lateinamerika zu ergründen. Da das Interesse dem Massenwahlrecht als Grundlage moderner Demokratien gilt, richtet sich der Fokus auf das 19. und 20. Jahrhundert.


Author: David Mark Chalmers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 074252311X
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Political Science

"While focused on the Klan's activities in the twentieth-century, Backfire also looks beyond the abuses of the past. Through an examination of groups like the neo-Nazis, Aryan Nations, Christian Identity, and the Patriot Movement, Chalmers explores the new face of the white supremacist Right."--Jacket.

American History through Hollywood Film

Author: Melvyn Stokes
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781441153494
Release Date: 2013-12-05
Genre: History

American History through Hollywood Film offers a new perspective on major issues in American history from the 1770s to the end of the twentieth century and explores how they have been represented in film. Melvyn Stokes examines how and why representation has changed over time, looking at the origins, underlying assumptions, production, and reception of an important cross-section of historical films. Chapters deal with key events in American history including the American Revolution, the Civil War and its legacy, the Great Depression, and the anti-communism of the Cold War era. Major themes such as ethnicity, slavery, Native Americans and Jewish immigrants are covered and a final chapter looks at the way the 1960s and 70s have been dealt with by Hollywood. This book is essential reading for anyone studying American history and the relationship between history and film.

The Invisible Empire

Author: Michael Newton
ISBN: 0813021200
Release Date: 2001
Genre: History

The author looks back on 130 years of Ku Klux Klan history in Florida, examining their nefarious activities and the official collusion that protected and kept them in power.

Citizen Klansmen

Author: Leonard J. Moore
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807846279
Release Date: 1997-02-01
Genre: Social Science

Indiana had the largest and most politically significant state organization in the massive national Ku Klux Klan movement of the 1920s. Using a unique set of Klan membership documents, quantitative analysis, and a variety of other sources, Leonard Moore p

Hooded Knights on the Niagara

Author: Shawn Lay
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814765371
Release Date: 1995-07-01
Genre: History

They came in the dead of night, marking the homes and businesses of their enemies with crude symbols and dire warnings. They plotted against those of other religious faiths and circulated secret lists of alleged traitors to the community and nation. They mailed anonymous threats to those who refused to be intimidated into silence, all the while claiming that they were the true champions of American justice and freedom. The above may seem an accurate description of the sinister activities that distinguished the Ku Klux Klan in the early twentieth century, but in Buffalo, New York, and, in fact, throughout much of the northeastern United States, such activities were as characteristic of the Klan's opponents as of the hooded order itself. While the revived Klan of the 1920s-- the largest and most influential manifestation of organized intolerance in American history--proceeded with relative impunity in many locales, it encountered a very different situation in Buffalo where powerful enemies opposed the organization at every turn. Shawn Lay here provides a riveting portrayal of how the Klan established itself in Buffalo. Most chillingly, he explains how otherwise ordinary, well-established citizens, caught up in a complex set of circumstances, were persuaded to join a notorious secret society that pandered to the darkest impulses in American society.

Die S nden von Natchez

Author: Greg Iles
Publisher: Aufbau Digital
ISBN: 9783841214843
Release Date: 2018-04-13
Genre: Fiction

Das große Finale. Der große Abschluss der Natchez-Trilogie. Spannend, voller Atmosphäre – ein Meisterwerk. Penn Cage, der Bürgermeister von Natchez, sieht sein Leben in Trümmern. Die Frau, die er liebte, ist tot – ermordet von Mitgliedern der Doppeladler, jener Organisation von rassistischen Weißen, die seit den sechziger Jahren in Natchez ihr Unwesen treibt. Nun steht auch noch sein Vater, der Arzt Tom Cage, vor Gericht, weil er Viola Turner, eine Schwarze, mit der er eine Affäre hatte, getötet haben soll. Snake Forrest, das Oberhaupt der Doppeladler, tut alles, um Penn und seinen Vater einzuschüchtern. Er lässt auf eine Journalistin, die über den Prozess schreiben will, ein Giftattentat verüben und bedroht Penns Tochter. Penn weiß, dass in seiner Stadt erst Frieden einziehen wird, wenn auch Snake aus dem Weg geräumt worden ist.

D W Griffith s the Birth of a Nation

Author: Melvyn Stokes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199887514
Release Date: 2008-01-15
Genre: History

In this deeply researched and vividly written volume, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception and continuing history of this ground-breaking, aesthetically brilliant, and yet highly controversial movie. By going back to the original archives, particularly the NAACP and D. W. Griffith Papers, Stokes explodes many of the myths surrounding The Birth of a Nation (1915). Yet the story that remains is fascinating: the longest American film of its time, Griffith's film incorporated many new features, including the first full musical score compiled for an American film. It was distributed and advertised by pioneering methods that would quickly become standard. Through the high prices charged for admission and the fact that it was shown, at first, only in "live" theaters with orchestral accompaniment, Birth played a major role in reconfiguring the American movie audience by attracting more middle-class patrons. But if the film was a milestone in the history of cinema, it was also undeniably racist. Stokes shows that the darker side of this classic movie has its origins in the racist ideas of Thomas Dixon, Jr. and Griffith's own Kentuckian background and earlier film career. The book reveals how, as the years went by, the campaign against the film became increasingly successful. In the 1920s, for example, the NAACP exploited the fact that the new Ku Klux Klan, which used Griffith's film as a recruiting and retention tool, was not just anti-black, but also anti-Catholic and anti-Jewish, as a way to mobilize new allies in opposition to the film. This crisply written book sheds light on both the film's racism and the aesthetic brilliance of Griffith's filmmaking. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the cinema.

White Robes and Burning Crosses

Author: Michael Newton
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476617190
Release Date: 2016-04-14
Genre: Literary Criticism

With its fiery crosses and nightriders in pointed hoods and flowing robes, the Ku Klux Klan remains a recurring nightmare in American life. What began in the earliest post–Civil War days as a social group engaging in drunken hijinks at the expense of perceived inferiors soon turned into a murderous paramilitary organization determined to resist the “evils” of radical Reconstruction. For six generations and counting, the Klan has inflicted misery and death on countless victims nationwide and since the early 1920s, has expanded into distant corners of the globe. From the Klan’s post–Civil War lynchings in support of Jim Crow laws, to its bloody stand against desegregation during the 1960s, to its continued violence in the militia movement at the turn of the 21st century, this revealing volume chronicles the complete history of the world’s oldest surviving terrorist organization from 1866 to the present. The story is told without embellishment because, as this work demonstrates, the truth about the Ku Klux Klan is grim enough.

The Ku Klux Klan and Related American Racialist and Antisemitic Organizations

Author: Chester L. Quarles
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 078640647X
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Social Science

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.

One Hundred Percent American

Author: Thomas R. Pegram
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee
ISBN: 9781566639224
Release Date: 2011-10-16
Genre: History

In the 1920s, a revived Ku Klux Klan burst into prominence as a self-styled defender of American values, a magnet for white Protestant community formation, and a would-be force in state and national politics. But the hooded bubble burst at mid-decade, and the social movement that had attracted several million members and additional millions of sympathizers collapsed into insignificance. Since the 1990s, intensive community-based historical studies have reinterpreted the 1920s Klan. Rather than the violent, racist extremists of popular lore and current observation, 1920s Klansmen appear in these works as more mainstream figures. Sharing a restrictive American identity with most native-born white Protestants after World War I, hooded knights pursued fraternal fellowship, community activism, local reforms, and paid close attention to public education, law enforcement (especially Prohibition), and moral/sexual orthodoxy. No recent general history of the 1920s Klan movement reflects these new perspectives on the Klan. One Hundred Percent American incorporates them while also highlighting the racial and religious intolerance, violent outbursts, and political ambition that aroused widespread opposition to the Invisible Empire. Balanced and comprehensive, One Hundred Percent American explains the Klan's appeal, its limitations, and the reasons for its rapid decline in a society confronting the reality of cultural and religious pluralism.