- Paperback: 489 pages
- Publisher: Duke University Press Books; 3 edition (February 9, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822307723
- ISBN-13: 978-0822307723
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan 3rd Edition
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I have no problem recommending this book to any one interested in American history, or aspects of religious perpetuation, racial problems, or understanding one time period in American history. An interesting story
However, author David M. Chamlers barely writes about the Reconstruction era and "The Birth of a Nation". (Most stuff about the Ku Klux Klan of various timelines in general get very little attention.) Virtually the entire book focuses on the 1920's Invisible Empire and then the author only gives the spotlight to the politics of each state. i.e. How the Ku Klux Klan had a role, politically.
I couldn't get interested. It was repetitive and bland.
Be that as it may, there were some entertaining sections here and there, such as when Chamlers discusses the Italian-American Mafia in Chicago, Illinois waring with the Ku Klux Klan or when mobs of citizens attacked the Klan, but you have to go through a lot of uninteresting text to get to those rare and exciting gems.
I thought it was interesting how in the 1920's in the Northern states, when the KKK came to towns, there were thousands of Yankees who would have counter-rallies and/or get physically tough with the men in the white robes, much like folks today, but I have yet to read of there being any violent protests against the Ku Klux Klan from people in the south in the 1920's.
In any case, another reviewer on here pointed out that the author came across as racially-prejudiced and I saw what that person meant because Chamlers kept referring to African-Americans as "Colored" and "Negro" in his book. (FYI: The author wasn't quoting anyone.) This book came out in 1987, so those terms were obviously outdated and racist expressions to use to describe African-Americans.
I suspect someone must have told Chalmers that because near the end of the book, the author all of a sudden stopped using those words and begin to refer to African-Americans as "black people".
Anyhow, I thought the book overall was boring. I bought a used copy here on Amazon and saw that it was a discarded ex-library tract. Needless to type, I can see why a lot of readers didn't like it now.