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They Called Themselves the KKK | [Susan Campbell Bartoletti]

They Called Themselves the KKK

"Boys, let us get up a club." Six restless young men raided the linens at a friend's mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee. The six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and, all too quickly, their club grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South. This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America's democracy.
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Publisher's Summary

A thoroughly-documented, chilling history of one of the world’s most recognizable extremist groups, this is the true story of terrorism in America.

“Boys, let us get up a club.” With these chilling words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee. They called their new club the Ku Klux Klan, and it quickly grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire, with secret dens spreading across the South.

Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti weaves together vivid personal accounts from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries in this enlightening, surprising, and disquieting story, which has received a slew of starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and other esteemed publications. Her extensive research places the length of the Klan’s history into a larger context that sheds new light on the roots of hate groups.

When you purchase They Called Themselves the KKK, you’ll get exclusive bonus audio from a conversation with the author and Audie Award-winning narrator Dion Graham.

©2010 Susan Campbell Bartoletti (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Randy harvard, IL, United States 08-24-10
    Randy harvard, IL, United States 08-24-10
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    "not about the kkk"

    this book hardly mentions the kkk. it instead describes the perils and difficult times of african americans during the reconstruction period post civil war in detail. it's quite interesting in that respect, but i wanted to hear how the kkk grew and why it still exists in america, etc. i feel it was advertised as something that it was not.

    35 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 01-04-13
    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2003

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Good Information"

    This is a well-researched recounting of the history of the KKK. I've read other books on the subject that were more comprehensive in scope, but went on to the point where it was difficult to remember the point of the books. This one is brief, to the point, and authoritative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 04-28-12
    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2006

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    Would you consider the audio edition of They Called Themselves the KKK to be better than the print version?

    I wished I could of seen thew images in the book, but loved lisening to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the history behind the book. How much detail the author put into it.I absolutely loved this author's work.  She is a Newberry Honor-winning author of Hitler Youth and Sibert Award-winning author of Black Potatoes.   I want to read more of her books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Afterr listening to it, it really made me think of how hard it was for ewveryone back after the war.


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    The beginning of the book:Boys, let us get up a club. With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee. The six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and, all too quickly, their club grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South.This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America’s democracy. Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries, it is a book to read and remember.The Ku Klux Klan arose after the Civil War and quickly became a terrorist organization spreading fear and hatred throughout the United States. This book traces the entire history of the KKK from its beginning as a "social club" to the modern day. Details about the founders and other members are given. Raids are described in enough detail to give the reader chills while imagining what it would be like to live through the terror. The book is well-researched and presents a number of people giving personal accounts about the impact of the KKK on their lives.  I thought the book was well done.  

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 05-04-12
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 05-04-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Misleading title"

    This is an interesting work but it is not the interesting work that the title or the blurb suggests. While the KKK arises in most of the stories in this work the emphasis is on the experiences of the others involved, principally their victims. I'm glad I've listened to it and will revisit it again in the future but , as has been said by other reviewers, I don't feel like I know much more about this group than I did before. You should listen to it because it portrays an important series of events but not because you think it will reveal much about the KKK

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    An interesting history of the KKK, but not wildly exciting to listen to. The author gives a moving account of some of the horrendous activities of the KKK. It starts off holding attention, but tends to become boring as the book continues. Not a book I would listen to again.

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