Monday, December 12, 2011

They Called Themselves the K.K.K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The Ku Klux Klan arose after the Civil War and quickly became a terrorist organization spreading fear and hatred throughout the United States. This book traces the entire history of the KKK from its beginning as a "social club" to the modern day. Details about the founders and other members are given. Raids are described in enough detail to give the reader chills while imagining what it would be like to live through the terror. The book is well-researched and presents a number of people giving personal accounts about the impact of the KKK on their lives. Although I thought the book was well done, it didn't grab me as much as Bartoletti's book about the Hitler Youth.

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