The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan
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Amidst the rising tide of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan boomed, reaching an intensity not seen since the 1920s, when the KKK boasted over 4 million members. Surprisingly, it was North Carolina—ostensibly a bastion of Southern progressivism—that boasted the largest Klan membership, more than the rest of the South combined.
In Klansville, U.S.A. David Cunningham charts the rise and fall of the KKK in the civil rights era by focusing on the United Klans of America (UKA) in North Carolina. Cunningham draws on new archival sources and interviews with Klan members to offer a fascinating window into the organization’s complex appeal. He discovers that KKK activity flourished in areas where whites felt most threatened by civil rights reforms, where segregationist outlets were lacking, and where law enforcement took a lax approach to policing the Klan. Using North Carolina and the UKA as a barometer, Cunningham offers insights into southern conservatism, the resistance to civil rights and the region’s dramatic shift to the Republican Party.
Klansville, U.S.A. illuminates a long-overlooked but important period in the history of organized racism.
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Chanc. Master & Scholar Univ Of Oxf ( November 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-660073
Product Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25 inches
Product Weight: 22.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)