The Clansman: Historical Romance of the Ku Klux ClanPaperback
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- Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co
- Format: Paperback | 392 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 33mm | 567g
- Publication date: 1 July 2005
- Publication City/Country: Gretna, LA
- ISBN 10: 1589800109
- ISBN 13: 9781589800106
- Edition: 4
- Illustrations note: 12 b/w illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,107,059
Originally published in 1905, this novel describes the anxiety and confusion of the years immediately after the South's defeat in the American Civil War. Faced with a total breakdown of law and order, some southern leaders called upon the spirits of their ancestors, the clansmen of Old Scotland. The Klu Klux Klan was conceived as an "Invisible Empire" pledged to protect the people of the South. This Klan, disbanded in 1869, was totally different from the one resurrected in the 1920s. This new reprinted edition contains a new forward by James P. Cantrell.
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Thomas Dixon Jr.'s "Trilogy of Reconstruction" also includes The Traitor and The Leopard's Spots and inspired D.W. Griffith's cinema masterpiece, Birth of a Nation.
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"The president is shot! He has killed the president!"Originally published in 1905, The Clansman inspired D. W. Griffith's classic film, The Birth of a Nation. It is the second in a series of three historical novels that Thomas Dixon, Jr., wrote about the aftermath of the American Civil War. The first and third volumes of this "Trilogy of Reconstruction," The Leopard's Spots and The Traitor, are also available from Pelican. Beginning with Lee's surrender and the subsequent assassination of Abraham Lincoln, The Clansman describes the anxiety and confusion of the years immediately after the South's defeat. Between 1865 and 1870, the whole nation struggled with questions of justice and revenge, forgiveness and reparation. With 350,000 Southern soldiers dead, ensuring the welfare of their widows and orphans, as well as the rest of the population, was of paramount concern. Faced with a total breakdown of law and order, some Southern leaders called upon the spirits of their ancestors, the clansmen of Old Scotland. The Ku Klux Klan was conceived as an "Invisible Empire" pledged to protect the people of the South. This is its story.This edition is illustrated with scenes from The Birth of a Nation and features a new foreword by James P. Cantrell, author of Celtic Southern Literature, also published by Pelican.