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Politics, society, and the Klan in Alabama, 1915-1949
Feldman, Glenn.
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Publication Information:
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 457 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1460 Lexile.

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HS2330.K63 F44 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This work argues that the Ku Klux Klan remained active during the 1930s and 1940s when it was presumed dormant. The author also examines how the Klan's opponents during the Depression and war years saw it as an impediment to attracting outside investment to the state.

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The Ku Klux Klan, in all its various permutations and revivals from Reconstruction to the present, has received intensive study by historians in recent years. The huge Klan of the 1920s was a diverse, politically potent, and relatively "mainstream" group that articulated and enforced the consensual values of white Protestant America. The Klan of the 1950s and '60s focused on a mission akin to its Reconstruction predecessor--to intimidate and terrorize black citizens and their white supporters. Feldman studies both the factors linking and separating the hugely popular 1920s Klan from its more secretive successor in the 1950s and '60s. The major continuity lay in the Klan's victims, who "continued to be outsiders at odds with Alabama's dominant culture, whether racially, religiously, politically, economically, or morally." Sadly, the opposition to the Klan in both eras came more for pragmatic than principled reasons. That Klan violence was bad for business (and that it invited federal intrusion into Alabama's handling of racial matters) ultimately was more important than that the Klan was antithetical to American ideals of freedom. An important and exhaustive state study, for upper-division undergraduates and above. P. Harvey; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs