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Did it make you laugh or cry? This book makes you realize how scary the KKK really is. Any additional comments? A must-read for everyone so that they can really understand what the KKK is all about. Read it. There is always something new to learn about American history. Not too proud of KKK. Listen free for 30 days. By: Ken Rossignol.

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Narrated by: Andrew L. Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins. Categories: History , American. Ken Rossignol is an expert at producing deeply absorbing and multi-faceted portraits of infamous historical events and times. His writing, along with the inclusion of primary material is remarkable in its scope.. You will be most pleased.. Ken Rossignol truly makes history come alive! Jul 15, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: history , non-fiction , civil-war.

July 7, A Review by Anthony T. Unless one stops to study even a small amount about the Civil War, the understanding of rebuilding the South is difficult to comprehend. John Wilkes Booth actions put a huge bump in the road and created a lasting bitterness on both the white Southerners and the form July 7, A Review by Anthony T.

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John Wilkes Booth actions put a huge bump in the road and created a lasting bitterness on both the white Southerners and the former slaves. Being from the North their views of slavery were based on the overall sacrilege of slavery itself. Because of the loss of life and the tremendous costs, these politicians wanted reparations and compensation for the rebellion by the South.

They also, gave the vote to every former male slave to insure that future elected officials to higher political office, were from the Black Ranks irrespective of their abilities to read or write or experiences running a government. Many of the Lincoln contemporaries who opposed his reconstruction plans were enjoying the total humiliation of the White Southerners who fought in the War and supported Slavery.

The abuses that followed were horrendous to say the last and the former slaves began to engage in actions for which no restraints were legally available. Crimes committed by former slaves were adjudicated by mob rule and the whites responsible were held accountable by both the occupying White soldiers and the Black soldiers who often were part of the problems. Out of this soup of dysfunction, the Klu Klux Klan was born out of an outgrowth of college students who formed a secret society. The Klan was highly organized by former Confederate high ranking officers.

In many respect it brought some order to the chaos and was eventually disbanded several years after the evils of Reconstruction were resolved. The Klan of the very late 19th century and the twentieth century were a more of a political and repressive force hindering the assimilation of the Blacks into the American societal fabric. I began to realize, in reading this book, you cannot fully understand the fall out of the Civil War until you study reconstruction.

This book is a collection of news articles pointing out the issues of both mob rule and the rise of the Klan. It is not a long read but truly interesting and from these separate stories you glean a clear view of the Klan and its purpose.

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View all 3 comments. Jul 25, Tarissa rated it it was amazing. This is an eye-opening book on the topic of the KKK. If you haven't really read much about the Klan before, this would be a great go-to volume. KLAN: Killing America is a collection of newspaper articles from the many years that the Ku Klux Klan was active running which may be a lot longer than most people suspect! From these articles, the reader can take away the general feeling that the people felt about the KKK during its peak, plus some of the important events that altered American history This is an eye-opening book on the topic of the KKK.

From these articles, the reader can take away the general feeling that the people felt about the KKK during its peak, plus some of the important events that altered American history forever. You'll be sure to discover facts you didn't know before. What really touched home for me?

I found several newspaper articles published from my own hometown or elsewhere in the state , and I had never before realized Oklahoma was so greatly affected by the Ku Klux Klan and their vicious acts. It came to a shock to me, but am glad I learned more about my state's history by reading this volume. Of course, so many states were affected by the Klan, and it's ALL covered in this book. The KKK went after a wide variety of people -- specifically people that they thought were poisonous to society.

There are lists in this book which break down the reasons why the KKK killed citizens, which sometimes includes some odd ones, like "highway robbery", "voodooism", "unpopularity", "eloping" hah!!! It can get pretty weird knowing the reason behind why the KKK wanted to kill these people. Something else that caught my attention is this one article in this book that comes from The Southern Indicator in , entitled "Negro Pastor Endorses Klan" Definitely, there's some crazy stuff in here you'd never expect to see. But that's history for you -- it can be exciting! Nov 06, Michelle See rated it did not like it.

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I really did not like this book! Probably, because of the old style writing - and because it was more a series of articles collected together. Feb 11, Madelon rated it really liked it. How do you rate a book about reprehensible acts of inhumanity? Do you look at the writing? Scanning old newspaper articles and running the scans through optical recognition OCR software without judicious proofreading is a bad idea. Then there is the contemporaneous history it provides. This compilation of articles, showing the dates of publication, describe the political and social climate of the day.

I got the point the first time. After the civil war this was a country of racists, and not just racists but violent racists. Apparently, the Klan has had two iterations… the first, after the Civil War and during Reconstruction, and the second during the early 20th century. As I read through the many articles, it seemed to me the first Klan was far less organized than the second. There are several articles that delineate the lynching which seem to include not only hanging, but burning at the stake, and other forms of killing carried out by ethnicity, by state, and by crime for which punishment was dealt.

It is also interesting to note that newspapers of the day referred to lynching as the court of Judge Lynch. The second iteration of the Klan is described favorably by some of the articles and negatively by others. There are reproductions of Klan letters to prospective initiates, there is scandal, big money, and all the things we currently associate with the current administration in Washington, DC.

The value of this book to me was somewhat of a shock. Since , I have heard the pundits say that there is nothing in American history that stands as a precedent for the isolationist nationalism, racism and outside influence we are seeing today. I beg to differ. You need not look to the European fascists of the mid-twentieth century for precedent. Look to the KKK in 's American. You will find the same rhetoric you hear and see each and every day.