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They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group chapter 1 They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, meaning They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, genre They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, book cover They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, flies They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group c4b412896065e Boys, Let Us Get Up A Club With Those Words, Six Restless Young Men Raided The Linens At A Friend S Mansion In They Pulled White Sheets Over Their Heads, Hopped On Horses, And Cavorted Through The Streets Of Pulaski, Tennessee Soon, The Six Friends Named Their Club The Ku Klux Klan And Began Patterning Their Initiations After Fraternity Rites, With Passwords And Mysterious Handshakes All Too Quickly, This Club Would Grow Into The Self Proclaimed Invisible Empire, With Secret Dens Spread Across The South On Their Brutal Raids, The Nightriders Would Claim To Be Ghosts Of Confederate Soldiers And Would Use Psychological And Physical Terror Against Former Slaves Who Dared To Vote, Own Land, Attend School, Or Worship As They PleasedThis Is The Story Of How A Secret Terrorist Group Took Root In America S Democracy Filled With Chilling And Vivid Personal Accounts Unearthed From Oral Histories, Congressional Documents, And Other Primary Sources, This Is A Book To Read And Remember

10 thoughts on “They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

  1. says:

    Perhaps the most striking aspect of Susan Campbell Bartoletti s They Called Themselves the K.K.K. is the plastic nature of history The Klan was first formed after the American Civil War, during a period known as the Reconstruction Essentially, the South was decimated and now the North was struggling to rebuild a united nation, one that would not be based on slavery it should be noted that the North was hardly as uniformly angelic as they sound Consequently, many Americans came to view Klan as the last defenders of the lost cause, a Southern resistance against the tyrannic social and economic regulations of the North.Can it be argued that some or most of these hooded villains were actually heroes resisting big government Bartoletti takes the time to illustrate that whatever these hooded white men thought they were defending themselves against, it was the freed people that had the most difficult life after the Civil War To be fair, white landowners lost loved ones during the war and much of their property was destroyed However, Bartoletti explains that if the Klansmen s were defenders of the lost cause, the lost cause seemed to be about little else than harassing and ruthlessly abusing blacks, unless it was preventing whites from helping blacks to attain equality.The story of Hannah Tutson suggests that the Klan understood the lost cause to be synonymous with the oppression of blacks Tutson and her husband Samuel managed to acquire three acres of land, which unfortunately struck the Klan as uppity As punishment for their ambition, Samuel was beaten, their child was injured, and Hannah was beaten, whipped, and raped Her complaints to the authorities led to acquittals, followed by a fine for making false allegations against whites The Klan also attacked whites that supported the Republican party, the education of blacks, or other policies that promoted racial equality Clearly, this was not the Birth of a Nation, but rather The Birth of an American Terrorist Group.History is a tricky thing, and it is often plastic than we should prefer It seems that the parts of history that are most shameful are the ones that are most likely to be white washed, which perhaps explains why Bartoletti takes the time to admit her regret if readers are offended by any material that has not been edited from any primary document, no matter how offensive the language may sound to our contemporary ears There is a great deal of hate in They Called Themselves the K.K.K., but there is also reason to hope.Throughout the history, Bartoletti includes numerous political cartoons lambasting the Northern politicians for their hypocrisy and the South for its acceptance of the Klan There are many stories of people that made significant sacrifice to help others, particularly teachers and missionaries that moved South, even if they were harassed and in some cases hanged by the Klan Bartoletti leaves the final chapters of the books to detail the often amazing efforts that Southern blacks made to engage in public education and to save their money even while white Southerners tried to reconstruct racial stratification that mirrored slavery It s quite impressive to read about what they endured and accomplished, often with little than resilience.Sadly, these freed people would need that sense of resilience for many years to come.Perhaps the most plastic aspect of history is the concept that there are beginnings, middles, and ends Bartoletti s history focuses on the first organization of the Klan, but although it officially disbanded after President Ulysses S Grant s federal intervention, racial discrimination was hardly over The Jim Crow laws would soon begin eroding the rights of the blacks in the South and hooded terrorists would return at other periods of American history to promote racial inequality, hatred, and abuse against others.

  2. says:

    Let us be very clear the KKK was a horrible group who committed terrible attrocities against other human beings That is exatly the point the author makes in this really important, but definately uncomfortable to read, book Bartoletti is unflinching in her assesment of the Klan what they did She writes, as she states in notes at the end of the book, to memorialize the victims of the Klan violence As awful as it is to read about the acts of the KKK, I personally think that understanding this aspect of American history is just as important as understanding the Holocaust in world history We can never allow ourselves to go there again Pair up this book with Marc Aronson s Race a History Beyond Black and White for a deeper understanding of how racisism has shaped our country Powerful reading for adults and middle high school students.

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    I recommend this book on the basis of it s history The author does a very good job of remaining unbiased and uses a lot of direct quotes from people living in that time It s very well put together and easy to follow It also comes with a timeline in the back that lists all civil rights incidents from the civil war until current time which I thought was really interesting I cannot and will not recommend the audio version The narrator is awful He does voices for the people who are quoted which makes them sound like cartoon characters and pulls you out of the story making it feel like a fiction book At one point he did an Irish accent for an Irish immigrant that was so bad I almost stopped listening all together Definitely pick up the book on this one.

  4. says:

    Absolutely fascinating but way too short There was a real opportunity here to delve deeper, to make important connections about the history of the KKK to the practices in our current justice system This is like an essay than a book, but its subject matter makes it well worth reading The KKK was formed to protect the right that Whites had always enjoyed over Blacks When black people were granted freedom, groups of those in the South, did their level best to keep the power where they thought it belonged Many of the complaints, quoted just as they were said 100 years ago or so, sound a lot like the complaints about black people today For this reason alone, this book is a must read The author should have done to discuss at length the change in party from Southern Democrats to the new Republicans People, like Ben Carson, seem very confused about who democrats are now and who they were back in the time of Jim Crow Carson and anyone who has ever suggested that democrats are the reason slavery existed in the first place or suggested that MLK was a Republican and stood in opposition to the Democrats obviously never took an intro to political science class Perhaps this book would help them better understand what a Southern Democrat was and how they are not the Democrats of today and in fact the Republicans of today I would follow reading this book with reading Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman It will help fill in many gaps left by Bartoletti.

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    I had the pleasure of hearing Susan Campbell Bartoletti speak a couple of years ago She called doing research an extreme sport Bartoletti writes this very succinct and comprehensible book about the history of the KKK where she includes the voices of those victimized and contextualizes America s terrorist group birth after the end of the Civil War I was shocked by how pervasive this group became so quickly and how the state government did so little to interfere I also was shocked by the results of the Klan trials and the little to lax punishment, let alone rehabilitation, for murderers and terrorists Oh how the government failed us all from the beginning In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and this new Islamaphobia, this book is a must read.What I appreciated most of all was the narrative source notes and bibliography at the end where Bartoletti takes us through her extreme sport journey in researching this text from all the secondary sources she used, primary sources, travel and lastly her own visit to a Klan congress in 2006 For any middle schooler, this section shows Bartoletti s passion, curiosity, determination and courage in bringing to light this dark and literally white washed over part of America s history Also, I like that she ends with the voice of a Black woman who was a little girl when the Civil War ended and she got to experience being with her family for the first time.

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    They Called Themselves the K.K.K by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a non fiction historical book, published in 2013, telling of how an American terrorist group became and went In my own opinion, I found the book to be really quite informative and it tells everything in a step by step way and even has a civil rights timeline telling of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan The timeline is the REAL step by step guide as it as it tells by the year In the timeline, one of them tells that in 1925, the Ku Klux Klan marches on Washington with 50,000 60,000 Klansmen and women Some said about 200,000 The book is mostly based around the conflicts of slavery and the terrorist group Generally, it takes place around presidential houses and states specific places in those states where the K.K.K had settled and or terrorized The main plot line is that Lincoln frees southern states of slavery and the civil war ends two years later than the freeing The K.K.K arises and begins riots, murders, burning crosses, and many other terrorizing acts It s an up and down roller coaster of slavery and terror and you ll just have to read to find out all the details I d recommend this to all ages 8 depending on the maturity level.

  7. says:

    I learned a lot while listening to this book The author does a great job in laying out how the K.K.K was started and the start of their reign of terror in the south As you listen to the narrator you can sense the feelings from the individuals who were talking in the book and how the emotions affected them and their families They picked the perfect person to narrate this book Through his voice he puts you in the South throughout the book as he tells the story Campbell doesn t hold anything back in this book and describes actions, in actions, lynchings, and other events as they happened.

  8. says:

    When I saw this book in the juvenile section of the library, I was immediately intrigued both by the title and the idea of how one explains the Klan honestly on a middle grade level Susan Campbell Bartoletti did not disappointment.While the most graphic of images from KKK history are wisely omitted, there are quotes and other images that accurately portray the racism and violence of the group Further, the author meticulously paints a picture of Reconstruction era South to give context to the environment in which this terrorist organization arose She painstakingly portrays the perspective of the Klan members and supporters without validating their choices At times, she even makes a point of bringing up those relevant facts which they denied or ignored.Not only is this an excellent history of the origins of the KKK but it is also a solid examination of the turmoil and failings of those years immediately following the Civil War.

  9. says:

    Bartoletti begins her narrative with the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction, and quickly moves to the story of six former Confederate soldiers who hated and feared Union rule and the threat of racial equality What they began as a sort of fraternity in 1866 quickly morphed into a group that existed to bully freedpeople In later chapters, the focus shifts to horrible crimes perpetrated by Klansmen, and the experiences of their victims The final chapter and epilogue tell of the federal government s crackdown on Klan activities, made possible by the Civil Rights Act of 1871, and the undoing of that act just a few years later.Bartoletti makes great use of oral accounts, both from former Klan members and their victims Newspaper illustrations and a few photographs are presented throughout the book, and these are all accompanied by excellent captions that provide context and source credits I especially enjoyed seeing the political cartoons by Thomas Nast.The bibliography and source notes are presented in narrative form, complete with photographs from Bartoletti s travels to the South I found this section to be just as fascinating as the main text She recommends scholarly texts as well as trial testimonies, white supremacist perspectives and titles on racism in general She also recounts her attendance of a Klan Congress, That night I couldn t get the shower hot enough to scrub away the words, she said It s clear that Bartoletti threw herself passionately into researching and writing this book, and her excitement for historical research transmitted to me as I read.

  10. says:

    They Called Themselves the KKK The Birth of an American Terrorist group is a vivid account of the rise of the KKK at the end of the Civil War Susan Campbell Bartoletti clearly did her research in this thorough account of the Klan The book details a fascinating and horrifying time period in American History, from the birth of the Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1866, through the end of the Reconstruction period Barotletti makes her story come alive by including several primary source documents, quotes, photographs, and political cartoons from the time period In this way, she lets real people tell their story Her focus is not so much on the Klan itself, but on the Klan s many victims, and the heroic ways they stood up to Klan violence The various primary sources included in the book could easily be used in a lesson on the KKK At the end of the book, Bartoletti includes a Civil Rights timeline to help readers keep track of the events, as well as meticulous source notes This book is most appropriate for 7th 12th grade Not surpisingly, this book has won several awards, including the ALA Notable Children s Books Older Readers Category 2011 , Booklist Editors Choice Books for Youth Older Readers Category 2010 , and the School Library Journal Best Books 2010.

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