The Clansman

The Clansman : An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

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Beginning with Lees surrender and the subsequent assassination of Abraham Lincoln, The Clansman describes the anxiety and confusion of the years immediately after the Souths 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 to the survivors. 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 novel tells its story.show more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • Pelican Publishing Co
  • Gretna, LA, United States
  • English
  • 8 b/w illus.
  • 1589800109
  • 9781589800106
  • 1,297,170

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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.show more

About Thomas Dixon

Thomas Dixon Jr. was born in rural North Carolina during the Civil War. Educated at Wake Forest and Johns Hopkins Universities, Mr. Dixon was, among other things, a novelist, preacher, lecturer, lawyer, and state legislator. During his lifetime, he published twenty-two novels and several essays, plays, and sermons. His Trilogy of Reconstruction also includes The Traitor and The Leopards Spots and was made into D. W. Griffiths cinema masterpiece, Birth of a Nation. Mr. Dixon has been named among both the most dated and most contemporary Southern writers.show more