Unmasked

Author: Ann Patton
Publisher: Aplcorps Books LLC
ISBN: 0983913153
Release Date: 2016-04-06
Genre: True Crime

The dark tale of the roaring '20s KKK. Irony amongst the ashes, as well as a ray of hope that offers illumination for our time.

The Politics of Losing

Author: Rory McVeigh
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231548700
Release Date: 2019-02-19
Genre: Political Science

The Ku Klux Klan has peaked three times in American history: after the Civil War, around the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and in the 1920s, when the Klan spread farthest and fastest. Recruiting millions of members even in non-Southern states, the Klan’s nationalist insurgency burst into mainstream politics. Almost one hundred years later, the pent-up anger of white Americans left behind by a changing economy has once again directed itself at immigrants and cultural outsiders and roiled a presidential election. In The Politics of Losing, Rory McVeigh and Kevin Estep trace the parallels between the 1920s Klan and today’s right-wing backlash, identifying the conditions that allow white nationalism to emerge from the shadows. White middle-class Protestant Americans in the 1920s found themselves stranded by an economy that was increasingly industrialized and fueled by immigrant labor. Mirroring the Klan’s earlier tactics, Donald Trump delivered a message that mingled economic populism with deep cultural resentments. McVeigh and Estep present a sociological analysis of the Klan’s outbreaks that goes beyond Trump the individual to show how his rise to power was made possible by a convergence of circumstances. White Americans’ experience of declining privilege and perceptions of lost power can trigger a political backlash that overtly asserts white-nationalist goals. The Politics of Losing offers a rigorous and lucid explanation for a recurrent phenomenon in American history, with important lessons about the origins of our alarming political climate.

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 in Western Pennsylvania 1921 1928

Author: John Craig
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781611461657
Release Date: 2014-10-27
Genre: History

This book details extensive Klan activism in western Pennsylvania, 1921-1928, a region where two hundred thousand residents joined the KKK. The racist, nativist organization would be responsible for numerous acts of violence, including two large-scale deadly riots.

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.

Klansville U S A

Author: David Cunningham
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199911080
Release Date: 2012-10-12
Genre: Social Science

In the 1960s, on the heels of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and in the midst of the growing Civil Rights Movement, Ku Klux Klan activity boomed, reaching an intensity not seen since the 1920s, when the KKK boasted over 4 million members. Most surprisingly, the state with the largest Klan membership-more than the rest of the South combined-was North Carolina, a supposed bastion of southern-style progressivism. Klansville, U.S.A. is the first substantial history of the civil rights-era KKK's astounding rise and fall, focusing on the under-explored case of the United Klans of America (UKA) in North Carolina. Why the UKA flourished in the Tar Heel state presents a fascinating puzzle and a window into the complex appeal of the Klan as a whole. Drawing on a range of new archival sources and interviews with Klan members, including state and national leaders, the book uncovers the complex logic of KKK activity. David Cunningham demonstrates that the Klan organized most successfully where whites perceived civil rights reforms to be a significant threat to their status, where mainstream outlets for segregationist resistance were lacking, and where the policing of the Klan's activities was lax. Moreover, by connecting the Klan to the more mainstream segregationist and anti-communist groups across the South, Cunningham provides valuable insight into southern conservatism, its resistance to civil rights, and the region's subsequent dramatic shift to the Republican Party. Klansville, U.S.A. illuminates a period of Klan history that has been largely ignored, shedding new light on organized racism and on how political extremism can intersect with mainstream institutions and ideals.

America for the Americans

Author: Dale T. Knobel
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company
ISBN: UOM:39015036043357
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Political Science

Social Movements Past and Present offers thorough analyses of the ideas and actions that have changed the way Americans think and live. Each volume is written by a specialist drawing on the insights and methodologies of history, sociology and political science.

Term Paper Resource Guide to Twentieth century United States History

Author: Robert Muccigrosso
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313300968
Release Date: 1999
Genre: History

"Students will write more effective term papers with this guide to 500 term paper ideas and thousands of print and nonprint sources on twentieth-century U.S. history. This guide presents entries on 100 of the most important events and developments in twentieth-century U.S. history organized in chronological order, from the Spanish-American War to the creation of NAFTA. Each entry consists of a short description of the event, followed by five specific suggestions for term papers about the event, and a wide-ranging annotated bibliography of 15-35 books, articles, videos, and a web site appropriate for student research. In every case the emphasis is on recent and up-to-date material, as well as landmark works and primary sources. This unique guide is valuable not only to students, but to teachers and librarians who guide students in research, and is an excellent purchasing guide for librarians who serve student needs."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

American public life and the historical imagination

Author: Wendy Gamber
Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr
ISBN: UOM:39015056298600
Release Date: 2003
Genre: History

OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS, a number of historians, preeminently Morton Keller of Brandeis University, have created a new field of historical study that reinvigorates political history by incorporating the study of legal, economic, religious, and cultural institutions into a broadly conceptualized history of American public life. The essays in American Public Life and the Historical Imagination, all written by former students of Keller, illuminate this new field while also offering a rich appreciation of the complex and diverse American experience. By applying a variety of critical historical strategies and methodologies to the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American public life, contributors to this volume unearth fascinating chronicles in American history. The alliance of the Anti-Saloon League and the Klu Klux Klan in the early twentieth century, hurricane control as a paradigm of twentieth-century institutional life, Native Americans as historians of the United States, and the difficulties that a legal theorist of the 1930s found in describing the functions of marriage, are just some of the topics covered. These essays explore an enlarged vision of American public life, one that incorporates all the institutions identified with American society, politics, and economy. Featuring many of the best-known historians of the United States, this splendid collection consists of fresh, first-rate scholarship that advances new arguments in the area of American public history.

The American Experiment

Author: Steven M. Gillon
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division
ISBN: 0618429514
Release Date: 2004-12-15
Genre: History

[This book] offers students a thorough, detailed look at American history ... Using an expansive definition of political history, the text explores the evolution of a distinctive American culture in a transnational context. [This] edition features ... greater attention to colonial America's place in the Atlantic World, and to the nation's role as a member of a global community from the Early Republic to the Presidency of George W. Bush. A new essay feature, "Competing Interpretations," exposes students to debates among historians, encouraging them to think critically about how and why historians have disagreed.-Back cover.

American History

Author: Alan Brinkley
Publisher:
ISBN: 0073033928
Release Date: 1998-10
Genre: History

Highly-respected for its impeccable scholarship and elegant writing style, American History: A Survey provides students and instructors with a comprehensive account of the American past in which no single approach or theme predominates. From its first edition, this text has included a scrupulous account of American political and diplomatic history. Today, however, the book explores areas of history such as social, cultural, urban, racial and ethnic history, more history of the West and South, environmental history, and the history of women and gender. In addition, American history has not evolved in a vacuum, but as part of a larger global world. The eleventh edition of this text places American history into that global context, making connections for students who live in an ever-expanding world themselves.

The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America Price U S vs

Author: David Bradley
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:49015002855998
Release Date: 1998
Genre: African Americans

The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America is a comprehensive, well-organized reference source on the human rights and civil liberties that are legally recognized in the United States. Presented in three volumes, the 677 entries address civil rights issues from a variety of perspectives, such as race, gender, age, medical status or conditions, physical and mental challenges, group membership, religion, and many others. The practical A-Z format makes it especially helpful for students to navigate the enormous amount of information that exists on this important topic.

Gumshoe America

Author: Sean McCann
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
ISBN: UOM:39015049992574
Release Date: 2000-01
Genre: Fiction

Sees hard-boiled crime fiction in relation to a changing literary marketplace and as an arena for conflicts about citizenship, class culture, and democracy during the New Deal.