The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in America

The Fiery Cross The Ku Klux Klan in America Few groups in our history are as fascinating and mysterious as the Ku Klux Klan Its story is one of violence political manipulation and intrigue absurdity and mesmerizing organizational and propaga

  • Title: The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in America
  • Author: Wyn Craig Wade
  • ISBN: 9780671414764
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Few groups in our history are as fascinating and mysterious as the Ku Klux Klan Its story is one of violence, political manipulation and intrigue, absurdity, and mesmerizing organizational and propaganda skills Through shrewd political tactics and powerful leadership, the Klan has often been a potent force, as it encouraged Americans to protect themselves from those theyFew groups in our history are as fascinating and mysterious as the Ku Klux Klan Its story is one of violence, political manipulation and intrigue, absurdity, and mesmerizing organizational and propaganda skills Through shrewd political tactics and powerful leadership, the Klan has often been a potent force, as it encouraged Americans to protect themselves from those they find unacceptable Its actions have made it one of the most feared groups in America In The Fiery Cross, Wyn Craig Wade traces the Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the present Wade provides us with the history of the group, which has gone through a number of declines and renaissances over the last hundred years We follow the Klan s resurgence in 1915 after D.W Griffith s epic film The Birth of a Nation depicted Klan members as heroic saviors of the old Southern society, to the swearing in of President Warren G Harding as a Klansman in the Green Room, and from the Klan s championing of white supremacy as a response to the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, to their present day activities, aligning themselves with a variety of neo fascist and right wing groups in the American West Finally, Wade provides us with an assessment of the Klan s future.The Fiery Cross provides an exhaustive analysis and perspective on this dark shadow of American society It is long overdue.

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    1. In honor of newly appointed US AG Jeff Sessions, I have put Shakespeare & Co. on hold in order to read The Fiery Cross: the Ku-Klux Klan in America by Wyn Craig Wade.It’s divided into three books: 1865-1915, 1915-1930, and 1930-1987 (this last date the year of the book’s publication). I’ve just finished the first book, covering the Reconstruction period, the part of the history that is most familiar to me. President Grant summed up the Klan’s aims as by force and terror, to prevent a [...]

    2. Recent events made me think of this book that I read more than a decade ago. A well written account of the KKK that strips away any pretense of a benign brotherhood. Recommended.

    3. This book which was published almost thirty years ago still appears to be the best survey history available of the Ku Klux Klan. While it is clearly time for a new work that will draw on the recent academic monographs, this book is unlikely ever be truly superseded as it is extremely solid.Wade divides the history of the Ku Klux Klan into three sections. In the first section, the movement was led by former Confederate officers and manned by veterans from the enlisted rank with the objective of p [...]

    4. This was a challenging book to read on several different levels. I read it because the KKK is such an enigma to me - I wanted to see if I could understand what would motivate people to be a part of such a violent and despicable group. My first issue with this book is that I was ashamed to be reading it despite the fact that that book is anti-KKK. I initially brought it on my commute to work but I found that on the train and subway I was completely paranoid that someone would see it and misinterp [...]

    5. The review below that says it feels dated is on point. I can hardly say it's a flaw with the book itself, but the fact that this was written at a time when it was apparently still necessary to critique the racist historiography of the early twentieth century gives some of the book an oddly defensive tone that seems unnecessary today. Aside from that, I liked it: it's the best kind of popular history, engagingly written and also thoroughly researched, panoramic in scope, and fascinating. Would ve [...]

    6. This book was my first exposure to the idea that Reconstruction was actually a good thing as conceived, and not just about money-grubbing carpetbaggers or whatever the myth is. Excellent book.

    7. Living in the country as I did, the bus ride to school always lasted over an hour, and in elementary school I remember being utterly petrified by older students telling we younger horror stories. They spoke of monsters in white sheets, demons from hell, who could rise from the ground, or who lived in the woods, and would come out at dusk or emerge from a fog and snatch little children up, returning to their lairs to eat them. This was my earliest exposure to the Ku Klux Klan. After having read T [...]

    8. Wyn Craig Wade's The Fiery Cross is an engaging, somewhat sensationalized account of the Ku Klux Klan in its various iterations from Reconstruction through the 1980s. Wade's book is full of lurid details about Klan violence and sexual depravity which often feel too potboilerish to seem credible. He also perpetrates numerous myths (Woodrow Wilson's reaction to Birth of a Nation, Warren Harding as Klansman) that a more careful historian would have avoided. At the same time, he smashes the myth of [...]

    9. It took me a while to get through this, but not for lack of interest. This book chronicles the creation and rise of the KKK, its rifts, declines and resurgences, and its internal and external power struggles. It contains a thorough history, and is well detailed with (often sickening) anecdotes. I especially appreciated Wade's inclusion of some of the official paperwork of the Klan in the appendices (charters, credo, directives, etc.). I would term the documents "laughably" ill-conceived and hypo [...]

    10. in depth history and workings of the klu klux klan. i had no idea how pervasive the klan was since reconstruction, and how much it appealed to ordinary people's arrogant (and yet secret, always secret) superiority. the book highlights the charismatic and brilliant leaders of the kkk in its many forms, as well as the intellectual and idealistic people who fought against it, and were at times victims of the heartless brutality of the klan. anonymous mob vigilante daring at its worst, the klan appe [...]

    11. I only read the first part of this book, the one talking about the Klan of the Reconstruction period, for I'm doing a research on them. For now, I won't read the rest, but maybe I will read it eventually. Wade's book will help me a lot; there is a lot of information, description and interesting quotes. This kind of book can be boring, but Wade's is anything but boring

    12. Informative and terrifying. I wish I could compel my family and friends to read this because white people need to understand that the Klan isn't dead, it just goes through boom-and-bust cycles of death and revival based on the social, cultural, and economic circumstances of the present moment. The extent to which this book demonstrates this narrative is its most valuable asset, in my opinion.

    13. A little dry at times, but the most thorough account and history of the KKK that I think one could ever come acrossI've seen this guy interviewed on TV for History channel documentaries, and this book was my #1 source for information for my 20-page thesis paper about the Klan as a senior in high school.

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