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The Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Florida (Florida History and Culture) Hardcover – November 30, 2001

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  • Series: Florida History and Culture
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (November 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813021200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813021201
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent...places the Ku Klux Klan where it belongs: at the center of Florida and U.S. history." -- The Journal of Southern History, November 2004

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In vivid, comprehensive, and often grim details, Invisible Empire charts 130 years of Ku Klux Klan activity in Florida, one of the Klan's most violent and enduring realms.

Beginning with the chaotic days of Reconstruction, when Klansmen killed more than 150 victims in a single county, this important history describes the organizations influence on Florida politics and its links to modern law enforcement. From the KKK's heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, its alignment in the 1970s and 1980s with a growing crop of neo-Nazis and other cultists, and its emergence in the 1990s on the fring of the "right-to-life" movement, Florida Klansmen have waged a constant war against progressive society. Their crimes range from petty vandalism to assassination and destruction of entire communities. Florida governors have courted Klan ballots, and high-ranking lawmen collaborated with the Klan in campaigns of arson and murder.

In addition to recounting tales of violence, Newton addresses the critical question of how the hooded night riders continue to survive--a bitter, marginalized extremist movement that is still marching in what is arguably the Deep South's most progressive and ethnically diverse state. He also discusses how to curb guerrilla warfare before the Klan and its allies inaugurate a new century of terror.

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A California native, Michael Newton has published 215 books under his own name and various pseudonyms since 1977. He began writing professionally as a "ghost" for author Don Pendleton on the best-selling Executioner series and continues his work on that series today. With 104 episodes published to date, Newton has nearly tripled the number of Mack Bolan novels completed by creator Pendleton himself.

Newton's first book under his own name was Monsters, Mysteries and Man (1979), a survey of unexplained phenomena for younger readers. While 156 of Newton's published books have been novels--including westerns, political thrillers and psychological suspense--he is best known for nonfiction, primarily true crime and reference books.

His firearms manual for writers, Armed and Dangerous (1990), remains a best-seller for Writer's Digest Books in its 8th printing. Newton's Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (Facts on File, 2000) is currently in its second edition. His history of the Florida Ku Klux Klan, The Invisible Empire (2001), won the Florida Historical Society's 2002 Rembert Patrick Award for Best Book in Florida History. His Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology was just named as one of twelve books on the American Library Association's 2006 List of Outstanding Reference Sources. Newton's shorter work includes horror fiction, true crime articles and case histories for Court TV's Crime Library online.

He is a member of several organizations, including the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and Feral Cat Friends Inc.

His 24 upcoming books, scheduled for release through 2011, include 8 novels and 16 nonfiction works. He lives in Nashville, Indiana.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Harvill on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Simply the best book on the KKK in Florida. To the best of my knowledge the only book that focuses primarily on Florida.

Another excellent book, regarding the struggle for civil rights in Tallahassee, including the bus boycott, the third bus boycott in the South, and arguably the most succesful, is "The Pain and the Promise", by Glenda Alice Rabby -- available at Amazon too.

I am conducting research and investigation regarding the KKK in the Tallahassee, Florida area. At auction was a lot of original documents from the Tallahassee KKK Lucky 13 Club from 1949 to 1955, including names, addresses, secret numbers, etc.

At the Forums section of the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper's website is a thread regarding the Tallahassee KKK under the National/International section with the title of "The Ku Klux Klan in Tallahassee area from 1949 to 1955 ...."

If you have information that could assist my research and investigations, please mail to:

Paul D. Harvill
P.O. Box 38458
Tallahassee, FL 32315-8458

Thank you so very much in advance.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Brownstein on March 16, 2013
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Well researched and factual history of the dark side that we must never forget lest we be liable to repeat.
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