Klansville, U.S.A. is the first substantial history of the civil rights-era KKK's astounding rise and fall, focusing on the under-explored case of the United Klans of America (UKA) in North Carolina. Why the UKA flourished in the Tar Heel state presents a fascinating puzzle and a window into the complex appeal of the Klan as a whole. Drawing on a range of new archival sources and interviews with Klan members, including state and national leaders, the book uncovers the complex logic of KKK activity. David Cunningham demonstrates that the Klan organized most successfully where whites perceived civil rights reforms to be a significant threat to their status, where mainstream outlets for segregationist resistance were lacking, and where the policing of the Klan's activities was lax. Moreover, by connecting the Klan to the more mainstream segregationist and anti-communist groups across the South, Cunningham provides valuable insight into southern conservatism, its resistance to civil rights, and the region's subsequent dramatic shift to the Republican Party.
This first edition hardcover is in very good condition with a dust jacket that is in very good condition and exhibits minimal wear.
- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199752028
- ISBN-13: 9780199752027
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds