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  • Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Description: 172 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1180

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780618440337
  • 061844033X


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They called themselves the K.K.K. : the birth of an American terrorist group

by Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.

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Call number: Teen 322.42 Ba

Available Copies: Malletts Teen

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A note to the reader -- "Bottom rail top" -- "Boys, let us get up a club" -- "I was killed at Chickamauga" -- "Worms would have been eating me now -- "They say a man ought not to vote" -- "I am going to die on this land" -- "A whole race trying to go to school" -- "They must have somebody to guide them" -- "Forced by force, to use force" -- "The sacredness of the human person" -- Epilogue : "it tuck a long time" -- Civil rights time line.

Documents the history and origin of the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning in Pulaski, Tennessee, and provides personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more.

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Richly documented

A richly documented account of the troubled Reconstruction era (1865 - 1877) that spawned the Ku Klux Klan. Bartoletti, who is known for her Newbery Honor winning Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, is no stranger to dynamics of hate groups. She writes in a balanced, engaging, and accessible manner, perfect for her young adult audience. The book's layout is appealing and there is a good balance between text and images. Archival illustrations and photographs (all black and white) accentuate the text. Appendices include a Civil Rights Time Line, Bibliography, Source Notes, and an Author's Note detailing Bartoletti's research process.

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