Tuesday, October 12, 2010

They Called Themselves the KKK by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
172 p.

Summary:  Bartoletti's book traces the origin and evolution of the Ku Klux Klan from a small mischievous social club into a powerful, destructive organization. They Called Themselves the KKK presents the complex era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877, that gave rise to the KKK. After the Civil War, the defeated South was a simmering cauldron of political, economic, and social instability. As the federal government struggled to provide law and order and to protect the rights of freed slaves, secret groups of Southern whites banded together to vent their anger over lost property, prosperity, and power. From six men in a law office in Pulaski, TN, KKK dens spread across the South targeting freed blacks and their supporters.


  1. Too much repetition. Not Newbery worthy.

  2. I thought this was very informative. Interesting how something that started out as a get together turned into something so much more sinister. Read like a novel.