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The Klan (Paperback)
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The Klan (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 30/12/1996
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First published in 1978, The Klan is still considered the best book to appear on the grandfather of all extremist hate groups. Now, in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing and other domestic terrorist activities that are the legacy of Klan violence, it is more timely than ever. Patsy Sims, an award-winning journalist, drove more than 1,200 miles over the back roads of the South to begin this book. During two years of research and writing she talked, rallied, and kept in almost constant telephone contact with Klan leaders and rank-and-file members. The result was more than 150 hours of taped interviews revealing the personal experiences of the Klanspeople and their victims. These she wove together with history and contemporary news events for a riveting look inside the organization at the peak of its power. In this highly evocative narrative, Sims allows readers to experience Klan rallies and cross burnings, relive the terror of surviving victims, visit Klan homes and meeting halls, sit through an interview conducted at gunpoint, and meet the people behind the hoods. By showing what the leaders and members of the Invisible Empire are like both on and off the rally grounds, and by letting them speak for themselves, Sims provides invaluable insight into the mentality that gives rise to extremist hate groups and paramilitary organizations.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813108872
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 230 x 157 x 22 mm
Edition: Second Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

"If I had to read one book about the hooded order, it would be Patsy Sims's The Klan." -- Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and author of Gather


"The interviews, plums in any reporter's pie, are fascinating studies enriched by the writer's research." -- Philadelphia Inquirer


"That her subjects talked so freely is a tribute to her skill." -- Publisher's Weekly


"Sims's classic 1978 study of the revitalized Invisible Empire, The Klan, has just been reissued.... There are obvious echoes of today's new militias in the seventies Klan rhetoric that Sims recreated verbatim." -- The Nation


"Fascinative and valuable, perhaps the closest thing to a modern history yet compiled about the Klan movement." -- Chicago Tribune


"Provides some excellent insight into the leadership of the 1970s Klan." -- Illinois Historical Journal


"Readers interested in racism, the psychology of hate, civil rights, and all of the other issues revolving around the continuing 'American dilemma' will find this work to be a valuable addition to their library." -- JASAT

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