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Ku-Klux : the birth of the Klan during Reconstruction / Elaine Frantz Parsons.

  • Parsons, Elaine Frantz, 1970-
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About this work


"The first comprehensive examination of the nineteenth-century Ku-Klux Klan since the 1970s, Ku-Klux pinpoints the group's rise with startling acuity. Historians have traced the origins of the Klan to Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1866, but the details behind the group's emergence have long remained shadowy. By parsing the earliest descriptions of the Klan, Elaine Frantz Parsons reveals that it was only as reports of the Tennessee Klan's mysterious and menacing activities began circulating in northern newspapers that whites enthusiastically formed their own Klan groups throughout the South. The spread of the Klan was thus intimately connected with the politics and mass media of the North"--


Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015]

Physical description

388 pages : black and white illustrations ; 25 cm


"This book was published with the assistance of the Anniversary Endowment Fund of the University of North Carolina Press."

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-375) and index.


The roots of the Ku-Klux-Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee -- Ku-Klux attacks define a new black and white manhood -- Ku-Klux attacks define Southern public life -- The Ku-Klux in the national press -- Ku-Klux skepticism and denial in Reconstruction-era public discourse -- Race and violence in Union County, South Carolina -- The Union County Ku-Klux in national discourse.


  • English

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    History of Medicine
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  • 9781469625423
  • 1469625423