This monumental reference work is a comprehensive guide to the Ku Klux Klan. It begins with a brief history of the KKK, from antebellum predecessors to the present day. Subsequent chapters cover beliefs, including white supremacy, nativism, religion, moralism and education; terms and abbreviations, with a definitive glossary; biographies of prominent historical Klansmen and profiles of KKK groups and front groups; profiles of individuals and groups linked or friendly to the Klan; an historical overview of the Klan in politics, including friendly and adversarial politicians; a discussion of activities in the United States and abroad; the use of violence, with a roster of murder victims, a compilation of arson and bombing incidents, and sketches of riots and lynchings; state and federal efforts to police or infiltrate the Klan; watchdog groups; and current and historic journalists who covered Klan activities. Appendices provide a KKK timeline and reproductions of several key Klan documents.
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Michael Newton is also the author of The FBI and the KKK (2005), Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology (2004) and The FBI Encyclopedia (2003, "highly recommended"-Library Journal). He lives in Nashville, Indiana.From Booklist:
A thorough expansion and reorganization of Newton's out-of-print Ku Klux Klan: An Encyclopedia (1991), this comprehensive reference is the only one of its kind in print. For Newton, author of numerous crime-related references (The FBI Encyclopedia, 2003) and books (The FBI and the KKK, 2005), this is the fourth "devoted to the KKK" and the culmination of a lifetime of research. However, readers must be prepared for its subjective tenor. The volume's 11 chapters provide more than 1,200 entries that range from a single sentence to more than a page. Entries are descriptively detailed but not analytical. A brief table of contents together with each chapter following a distinctive layout make the content unmanageable to reference without using the index. The work includes chapters detailing Klan jargon and organization, a "Who's Who in the Invisible Empire" featuring historical and contemporary biographies, a historical listing of Klans and Klan front groups, Klan political involvement, and state and worldwide Klan activity. But the real gems are the last three chapters. "Reign of Terror" covers torture and terror, bombings, murders, and lynching by the Klan. "Policing Vigilantes" presents the government's campaign to control the Klan, civil rights legislation, and prominent anti-Klan personalities and societies. "Covering the Klan" has entries for journalists and newspapers that reported on Klan activities. The title has appendixes providing a time line and selected Klan documents as well as an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Currently, this is the definitive reference on the KKK yet most likely of interest only to crime and KKK hobbyists. Though well written, its poor organization, journalistic tone of edgy conspiracy, and narrow scope make it a questionable academic reference. Becker, Charles
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