It borrowed parts of the initiation ceremony from that group, with the same purpose: The manual of rituals was printed by Laps D. The members had conjured up a veritable Frankenstein.
So long as an organized, secret conspiracy swore oaths and used cloak-and-dagger methods in the South, Congress was willing to legislate against it — legislation that would provide vital safeguards for the cause of racial equality in the future.
Not until the Klan was beaten and the former Confederacy turned to more open methods of preserving the Southern way of life did Reconstruction and its Northern support decline. Now on to and D. The Klan of the 20th century was not a revival or continuation of its 19th century namesake, but an attempt to embody a fictional creation, first outlined in the minority report of the s Congressional investigation, later elaborated and dramatized by novelists such as Thomas W.
What Griffith did was essentially give racism in the US a brand symbol which would serve as an immediately recognizable signal to its adherents and a wordless but unambiguous threat to its potential victims.
In this section of his book, Wade describes a rapidly expanding national organization raking in lots of cash; such concentrations of influence and money made for inevitable leadership battles — covered here, for me, in too great detail.
The Klan of the early 20th century was in its public face a fraternal organization, a Protestant fundamentalist social group, and on occasion a political machine, though hatred and fear, now expanded to include Jews, Catholics, and immigrants as well as African-Americans, still seemed the primary motivations it could offer its members.
In documenting the Klan as a national organization, Wade largely neglects the individual incidents of violence and intimidation that were carried on by Klan members, though not openly sanctioned by national and state leadership. This focus gave this section of the book a rather detached and somewhat irrelevant quality for me; he fails to make the case that the manipulations and ambitions of these few men within the Klan organization had any effect on American history.
The final chapter of this section is an in-depth look at the Klan in Indiana in the early s, where the organization was widespread and heavily influential in politics and law enforcement. When in that leader was found guilty of the horrific abduction, rape and murder of a young woman, the organization he led fell almost completely apart.
Wade attributes the decline of the national Klan in the late 20s largely to this incident, but I was not convinced that the fall of one state leader could have such a widespread effect on the relatively large membership of a national organization.
I suspect that other influences may have led to a falling off in Klan membership, such as its failure to meet the social and business needs members looked for in fraternal organizations and, particularly in the North, its continued association with violent intolerance.
The moribund Klan of the late s became revitalized in the s as a force in union busting. The late 30s saw some Klan groups attempt to form a united front with Nazi sympathizers in the German Bund, a movement that foundered with the outbreak of WWII and the concurrent repulsion, which has proven to be temporary, of the vast majority of Americans for Nazism.
Though I disagreed at times with some of the conclusions Wade drew from his story, his presentation of the facts of Klan history is cogent and thorough. I read this book to get some perspective on the present situation in the US.
Though there has been undeniable progress in civil rights, the opposition to racial equality in this country is relentless and electoral complacency has allowed it to gain a strong foothold nationwide.
Voting rights are seriously endangered at the present moment and I consider that those currently in power would, if possible, roll back civil rights to a point just short of slavery. The police shootings and beatings of unarmed and unresisting African-Americans in recent years seems in many ways a continuation of the violent assaults and murders committed by Klansmen against helpless and often random victims.The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan About | Collections | Authors an Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan (), In these pairs of lovers, the North and the South appear reunited.
Thus at the novel's close, Thomas Dixon seemingly promises that from these ashes, the South will rise again. D.W. Griffith’s controversial Reconstruction epic, The Birth of a Nation, was based on Thomas Dixon’s racist ode to the Kkk, “The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan.”.
The film was based on the book and play The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the book The Leopard's Spots, both by Thomas Dixon Jr.
Much of the modern Klan's iconography is derived from it, including the standardized white costume and the lighted cross. In this year Thomas Dixon’s “historical romance “novel” The Clansman, becomes a bestseller in the South.
It depicts racial terrorists as heroes and African Americans as villains. The Atlanta Race Riot begins September 20 – White Farmer’s wife Knowles Kimmel accuses an unidentified black man of assault in Oakland City. This book which was published almost thirty years ago still appears to be the best survey history available of the Ku Klux Klan.
While it is clearly time for a new work that will draw on the recent academic monographs, this book is unlikely ever be truly superseded as it is extremely solid.4/5.
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