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Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK's Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (Culture America) Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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"[A] brave new book. Baker has exposed something about American cultural history that many of us may not wish to see: namely, that both religion and mainstream society participate in the ugly, even violent, side of American nationalism"--Religion Nerd
"An important contribution to Klan scholarship that gives sustained attention to the centrality of Protestant Christianity in the construction of the movement's identity."--Rory McVeigh, author ofThe Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: Right-Wing Movements and National Politics
"[W]ell-written, persuasively argued book...Her suggestion that the Klan's intertwining of nationalism and religion makes it part of the lineage of the American Right is particularly provocative, and sure to stimulate some heated discussion. Highly recommended. -- S. McCloud, Choice
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She blogs at www.kellyjbaker.com. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a mean kitty.
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This book is somewhat of a slow read and specifically covers a brief time period. However, the final chapter "Passing the torch" makes it all worthwhile. Are surviving splinter groups still maintaining political power? Have the ideals of the twentieth century Klan been absorbed into various twenty-first century political and religious units? This is all interesting stuff, and I am not going to tell you the author's conclusion. You will have to buy the book and read for yourself. I just will say these few pages leave a great deal to think about.
Readers may also be interested in "Citizen Klansman" by Leonard Joseph Moore and "Klansville, U.S.A." by David Cunningham.
Hooded Klan ambassadors visited local churches, donated offerings, and even cut wood for widows and orphans (black and white). Klan leaders strengthened members’ beliefs by using Christian motifs such as the cross, prayers, public naturalizations in their meetings and events. The Klan ritual and meaningful emblems were important to Klan members in the 1920’s for they faced a dramatically changing America: the move from rural to urban society, from agricultural to industrial economy, challenges to traditional religion from modernism and social gospel, and new waves of immigrants from eastern and southern Europe.Read more ›