Book The second coming of the invisible empire : the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s / William Rawlings.
Publication year: 2016.
Call Number HS2330.K64 R39 2016
Media class: Book
Publisher: Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press
ISBN: 9780881465617 0881465615
Extent: xiii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Fifty years after the end of the Civil War, William Joseph Simmons, a failed Methodist minister, formed a fraternal order that he called The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Organized primarily as a money-making scheme, it shared little but its name with the Ku Klux Klan of the Reconstruction Era. With its avowed creed of 'one hundred percent Americanism,' support of Protestant Christian values, white supremacy, and the rejection of all things foreign, this new Klan became, for a brief period of time in the mid-1920s, one of America's most powerful social and political organizations ... While often using intimidation and violence against its foes, the Klan was responsible for the election of supportive politicians at all levels of government. Following a disastrous attempt to influence the presidential election of 1924, and with increasing public awareness of the Klan's corrupt and violent nature, the order faltered, becoming a mere wisp of its former self by 1930"--Publisher description.
Part 1. The roots of the invisible empire : the Ku Klux Klan of the 1860s. The roots of the Klan -- A brief history of reconstruction -- The arc of terrorism -- Part 2. The lost cause years 1865-1915 : from terrorists to knights in white sheets. The apotheosis of the fallen -- The golden age of fraternalism -- The man who would be emperor -- White knights to the rescue -- Lighting the fiery cross -- Part 3. The Klan reborn : the Ku Klux Klan of the twentieth century. The battle of the Klans -- Secret agent men -- Militants, Bolsheviks, and the gentlemanly Gorilla -- The end of the beginning -- Part 4. The rise to power. Ku Klux Koin : the spread of the Klan -- A standard fraternal order : the Klan in action -- Opposition : the Klan under siege -- Part 5. The seeds of destruction. Toys for tots -- Floggings for floozies -- The son of Uncle Remus -- New characters and a palace coup -- Blackmail, the Mann act, and murder -- Part 6. New directions? Thirty pieces of silver and political aspirations -- Apogee -- Part 7. It all falls apart. The decline and fall of the invisible empire -- Part 8. In the end. What was the Klan? -- There are no second acts -- Epilogue.