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Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
As the title indicates, this book is about the obvious: prejudice. But it is about so much more than that, including power, self-doubt, greed, salesmanship, vulnerability and belonging, just to name some of the weighty matters discussed here. These themes resonate far beyond the time and place of this historic conflict between Notre Dame students and the Ku Klux Klan.
The author is not heavy handed. Whether describing Father Matthew Walsh or Klansman D.C. Stephenson, he spends more time trying to understand his characters than judging them.
Thankfully, in my opinion, this does not read like a history text. It's clear that a lot of painstaking research was involved in the project. The author, however, provides just enough background for the context of the unfolding events without ever interfering with the story. He also makes it all relevant today by sharing his own personal experiences with us.
I was most impressed with the vivid imagery the author employed. I could easily visualize all the pageantry of a Klan picnic, complete with jugglers and marching bands. Similarly, I could almost feel the exact moment at which the youthful exuberance of the Notre Dame students turned to fear as the two groups clashed on the streets of South Bend.
Whether you are Catholic or Protestant - from Middle America or New York City - this book has something for you. It is an easy read. It transitions nicely between places, people and events, while always building nicely toward a frenetic ending. Reading this book is like watching a fuse burn all the way down until the inevitable explosion happens.
Don't make the mistake I almost made. Be sure to pick it up.
Tucker gives a decent overview of the Klan's history and gives a more fascinating look at the emerging prominence of Notre Dame. This book would be an ideal primer for Notre Dame students (one of my former students plays on the current Notre Dame football squad) and to that end, I think this book has merit. However, linking the Notre Dame incident and the Klan's demise is more than a bit of a stretch. Historical novels tend to see things in a more readable light but even given the author's admission of creating a narrative of his own, I commend his efforts.
On May 17th, thousands of Klansmen converged on South Bend with the intention of terrorizing the students of Notre Dame. A riot developed between the Klan and the students with the students eventually gaining the upper hand. This was the climax of the Klan's existence.
Within little more than a year, D. C. Stephenson the head of the Klan in Indiana was convicted of murder. From prison he engineered the release of documents that detailed the close relationship the Klan had with various elected officials, many of whom wound up in prison. Within another year membership in the Klan had fallen to 15,000. ==This book is well written, making the historical events come alive with his excellent characterizations of the key players and fast moving story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting. I was unaware of much of the history presented in this book.Published 3 months ago by Angela Greven
Good historical information. Slow in some spots but very educational and informative.
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This book is awesome! If you are Catholic, this is a must read. It is well written and tells a great story of the Klan in Indiana vs. Notre Dame. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Keith P.
An untold story of Notre Dame history woven into the history of the University's founding, Knute Rockne, and the Four Horsemen that are well known. Well-written and worth reading.Published 5 months ago by Dany Zadrozny
The history of Notre Dame and how it intersected with Klan was very interesting. The fears in the early 1900's are some that we see today. How should we react to them now?Published 6 months ago by Woodworker
It was okay. A bit misleading and clearly a very narrow view. The Notre Dame history was interesting. I wish I had just checked it out at the library and not paid money for it.Published 7 months ago by Marilyn
Very interesting story of the Klan's attempt to spread into the North.Published 7 months ago by T. Ryan