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  • Published: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Description: 160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781426309151

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Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan : the true story of how the iconic superhero battled the men of hate

by Bowers, Rick, 1952-

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Call number: Teen 741.597 Bo

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 3rd Floor, Malletts Teen, Pittsfield Teen

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This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman Radio Show and the Ku Klux Klan.

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Fun history for older kids and/or teens (or adults!), documenting Superman's origins in the 1930's and how he came to battle the Klan in 1946. Bowers does a wonderful job portraying many of the key players and how their lives were entwined with different companies, organizations, and historical events, and the chapters are short and snappy, filled with wonderful photographs, illustrations, and quotes.

It's a book that a lot of older kids may enjoy - and learn a lot of history while doing so. There's bits on Jewish immigration, WWII, the Depression, Reconstruction, the House Un-American Activities Committee, comic books and pulp fiction, and censorship.

There are some brief descriptions of violence that may disturb sensitive kids - such as Klansmen disemboweling victims (one group called the "Ass-Tearers" used a corkscrew as its symbol), and policemen associated with the Klan killing alleged criminals.

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