The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross : The Ku Klux Klan in America

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In The Fiery Cross, Wyn Craig Wade traces the history of the Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the present. The reader follows 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. Wade explores the Klan's championing of white supremacy as a response to the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, through to their present day activities, aligning themselves with a variety of neo-fascist and right-wing groups in the American West. He concludes by offering an assessment of the Klan's future. The Fiery Cross provides an exhaustive analysis and perspective on this dark shadow of American society.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 526 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195123573
  • 9780195123579
  • 740,237

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In The Fiery Cross, Wyn Craig Wade traces the history of the Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the present. The reader follows 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. Wade explores the Klan's championing of white supremacy as a response to the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, through to their present day activities, aligning themselves with a variety of neo-fascist and right-wing groups in the American West. He concludes by offering an assessment of the Klan's future. The Fiery Cross provides an exhaustive analysis and perspective on this dark shadow of American society.show more

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"Excellent popular history, huge, smart, and fast-paced."--Village Voice [A] detailed, carefully documented and vivid account of the Klan.--San Jose Mercury News "Spiritual death brought vividly to life."--Kirkus Reviewsshow more

About Wyn Craig Wade

Wyn Craig Wade is a psychologist and historian. He is the best-selling author of The Titanic: End of a Dream. He is currently a full-time writer, as well as an instructor of psychology at Ivy Tech State College in Indiana.show more

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