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The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition 1st Edition
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“Set aside your preconceptions about the Klan, from the era of Reconstruction. As the distinguished historian Linda Gordon demonstrates in this chilling account, the KKK of the 1920s was urban, northern, and modern. Its wizards and dragons used the latest tools of mass advertising to spread their message of ‘true Americanism’: racial purity, religious intolerance, and opposition to immigration. Its members, one in six of whom were women, favored women’s suffrage. Its campaign of terror ended not long after it began, but it left on American politics its dark mark.”
- Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman
“The Second Coming of the KKK reminds us that we Americans bid good riddance to serial aberrations in the civic and social life of our republic repeatedly, only to learn that these phenomena are as American as apple pie. Gordon’s timely, crisply written, indispensable primer helps explain why another aberration is now upon us.”
- David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography
“A first-rate historian can show us the past in a way that clarifies the present. That’s what Linda Gordon does here…[The Second Coming of the KKK] reminds us that the sentiments that powered the reprise of the Klan have never been entirely absent from American life, and cannot be understood as an aberrant strain that might be entirely eliminated from the national character.”
- Nicholas Lemann, author of Redemption
“An excellent historical treatment of an almost forgotten yet very dangerous period of hate in America. What a history lesson for today’s electorate.”
- Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
“At once thoughtful, fair, and deeply troubling, The Second Coming of the KKK exhibits the analytical wisdom of a master historian who sharply reminds us that popular mass mobilizations can be instruments of depredation.”
- Ira Katznelson, author of the Bancroft Prize–winning Fear Itself
“As the author amply shows, [the Klan’s] fearful, angry spirit lives on. A revealing, well-researched―and, unfortunately, contemporarily relevant―investigation of the KKK's wide support in the 1920s.”
- Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Linda Gordon, winner of two Bancroft Prizes and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, is the author of The Second Coming of the KKK, Dorothea Lange and Impounded, and the coauthor of Feminism Unfinished. She is the Florence Kelley Professor of History at New York University and lives in New York and Madison, Wisconsin.
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