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Note, Oct 9, 2018 I edited this slightly just now, only to clarify what comments brought this book to mind to review it in the original review, that was very ambiguous I was new to Goodreads at the time, and hadn t had much experience in reviewing for this site A comment I made on another Goodreads thread sparked a good discussion about the misguided ways some writers treat the subject of rape That brought to mind this piece of dreck, which I read back at a time when I had muchmorbi Note, Oct 9, 2018 I edited this slightly just now, only to clarify what comments brought this book to mind to review it in the original review, that was very ambiguous I was new to Goodreads at the time, and hadn t had much experience in reviewing for this site A comment I made on another Goodreads thread sparked a good discussion about the misguided ways some writers treat the subject of rape That brought to mind this piece of dreck, which I read back at a time when I had muchmorbid curiosity in my reading tastes than I do now obviously, I read an older edition Dixon was a vile racist in this novel, the Klan are portrayed as heroes, and virtually all of the black characters are depicted in a highly derogatory fashion the one exception being a former slave who s presented favorably only because he s very loyal to his ex master Margaret Mitchell, who wroteGone With the Wind , was a closeted fan of Dixon, as her correspondence with him reveals that doesn t constitute much of a recommendation for her novel either On top of this, he had notalent for writing fiction than I would have for doing brain surgery the book is a morass of cardboard characters, unrealistic dialogue, wildly improbable plot developments one is a particular howler and grotesque liberties with history.What reminded me of this book in the context of the discussion alluded to above is the fact that Dixon presents suicide as an appropriate and even morally obligatory response by the rape victim to the experience on the theory that she s hopelessly defiled by it anyway Granted, this doesn t exactly trivialize rape, as some readers felt that some writers do but on a scale of 1 10 for constructive and intelligent responses, this one ranks as about a minus 7,863 The publisher who re printed this crap owes an apology to the trees destroyed for the paper Chill out, I m reading it for class. For the actual review, scroll down it s clearly marked I indulge myself with some family flim flam and general history for a few paragraphs first, though it s all tangentially related to the book.It took three days shy of two years, but I finally finished this The reason it took so long is not due to it being a bad book just look at the rating I gave it , but because I have a 1907 version that used to belong to my great grandfather I stumbled upon it as mama and I were purging her extens For the actual review, scroll down it s clearly marked I indulge myself with some family flim flam and general history for a few paragraphs first, though it s all tangentially related to the book.It took three days shy of two years, but I finally finished this The reason it took so long is not due to it being a bad book just look at the rating I gave it , but because I have a 1907 version that used to belong to my great grandfather I stumbled upon it as mama and I were purging her extensive book collection As you likely know, the movie The Birth of a Nation was based on this novel and the subsequent play Being a history man, I was thrilled to find this treasure, an actual artifact from the past, at my fingertips Being prone to fits of fantastic romantic nonsense, I saw this copy as precious, muchprecious than any reprint could ever be It was a part of family history.I soon discovered that reading the way one would read any other book laid back in a chair with it flipped open in my hand would destroy it completely, and I set it aside after a few chapters until I could find a safer way to read it Even holding it carefully seemed to be too much for it I could ve bought a new copy, but part of the charm was in reading an ancestor s copy Actually, that was all of the charm This thing is hardly charming The Writing Pig came to my rescue with a solution WP is some old, pig shaped cutting board we found somewhere ages ago that fits nicely on the arms of my chair, and we use it as a desk for writing notes, paying bills, and what not It also makes a nice reading desk I was able to set the book upon it and gingerly turn the pages without it falling to pieces A friend thinks I m nuts to be touching it at all, but like I said, reading a reprint to finish it would be no fun at all it would lose all its specialness.I began to wonder if great granddaddy was a member of the KKK You can t fairly judge someone by what they read My shelf includes this, Uncle Tom s Cabin, Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, The Prince, Tao Te Ching, Holy Bible King James Version, Heidi, The Poky Little Puppy, H P Lovecraft Great Tales of Horror, To Kill a Mockingbird, and just what do you make of all that But it wouldn t be unusual for him to have been in it He would ve been 18 or 19 in 1907 the age of natural hot headedness , and 26 27 in 1915 when the Klan reformed He was a rural southerner He may have seen the movie and got caught up in the tide It s estimated that as much as 15% of the eligible population around six million male WASPs were members of the second KKK in the late 1910 s early 1920 s In 1925, 400,000 members held a parade in Washington, DC The third KKK has never hadthan 8,000 members at one time 400K at one event Hell, great gramps might even be in the parade for all I know Then again, it s just as possible that he wasn t even a member The only fact I have is that he once owned this book Does that make him racist No, but I m pretty sure he was anyway Does me giving this five stars make me racist Some people will think so, but I reckon there s nothing I can do about that.Still, this is also the same great grandfather who let a black kid probably a preteen or early teenager named Buttercup stay in the house for several months or a couple of years during the great depression, so who knows The corner of the house where his bed was located is still referred to as Buttercup s room I even slept in it sometimes when I was a kid before that section was walled in and converted to an upstairs bathroom about 30 years ago I believe a black kid living with whites in the rural south was a rarity back then, so this was rather forward thinking of my ancestors I think Buttercup worked for food and lodging, and I know he and granddaddy great gramps son rumbled a couple of times.Here s something everyone should know about the Ku Klux Klan There have been three of them All of them purport white supremacy and engaged in terrorism, but there were differences between the three The first one lasted five or so years in the late 1860 s early 1870 s and was a response to Reconstruction Ex confederates were getting what some would consider their just desserts, but they weren t going to take it and formed an organization to fight back Ideologically it was formed to fight Reconstruction Though blacks were certainly a part of that, carpetbaggers and scalawags were also caught in the cross hairs A lot of the murders and assassinations were committed against whites as well Eventually the Klan disbanded due to federal push back of a military nature, and the harsher aspects of Reconstruction were fizzling, so the fight was no longer necessary.The second KKK started in 1915 due to Nation After reading this book, I can understand how it happened This thing is masterfully put together, and would appeal to people who felt they were losing control of things which was the sentiment in the early 20th century after record immigrant influx Pre Civil War immigration made a kind of stew, and flavors melded into each other as immigrants attempted to assimilate themselves into American society, though they still kept vestiges of their heritage Beef, corn, butter beans, etc all carried the other flavors as well as that of the tomato base Later immigration waslike a salad bowl In cities separate communities were popping up Chinatown, Italian boroughs, Irish, Eastern European centers, etc You had your cukes next to your lettuce, next to your mushrooms, next to your croutons Nothing was mixing any, and established people don t like that This new incarnation wasn t fighting the government as much as trying to influence it, and they added Jews, Catholics, and a few other nationalities to the list of less thans In effect, it was nativist in nature It also encompassed the entire country and not just the South, thoughviolence happened in the southern states A Grand Dragon in Indiana getting caught raping and murdering a school teacher took the wind out of this KKK s sails, and it collapsed members left in droves A small group would keep it officially going through WWII, and small independent groups would claim the name in the 50s and 60s.The third Klan came about in the 70 s to fight the Civil Rights movement which only took 90 years to show up after Reconstruction More on that below It s pretty much just a hate group They don t stand for something as much as they re against non WASPs Also, they frequently appear on the Jerry Springer show, so how seriously can you take them BOOK REVIEW view spoiler OK, where to start with this How about the rating The book is amazing on many levels If I can divorce myself from the social implications, racism, historical significance, etc and look strictly at the story itself with no baggage attached, a difficult task , then I d give it four stars There were a couple of ridiculous parts involving the romantic plot and a couple involving science Using a microscope to see the image of a dead person s attacker in her eye Instant hypnotism on the culprit with a glance causing him to act out his attack in a trance PLEASE In fairness with the microscope bit, it s implied that the doctor may have been trying to conjure up evidence to fit things he knew to be true but couldn t yet prove.In spite of some of those things, the story was compelling and quite moving It may be because I m a southerner myself and grew up in a place where resentment over reconstruction is still felt even over a century after the fact Even people who visit pick up on it Canadian Robbie Robertson of The Band noticed there s pain here, there is a sadness here, and gave us The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Though I confess I prefer the Joan Baez version Some people think I m crazy, but I gotta call it like I see it Maybe it s only something you notice if you live here Whether it ought to be there or not, it s there.Reconstruction backfired rather miserably It s because of the harsh policies of Reconstruction that the Klan formed and gained such popularity It s also one of the reasons black people would be treated so horribly for the next century without anyone trying to interfere with any great success It s just like the Treaty of Versailles setting the stage for Hitler s rise to power, or Hitler s genocide of the Jews helping Israel to be reformed For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction applies here.At the head of the Reconstruction effort in the book is Austin Stoneman who is pretty much Thaddeus Stevens with a few changes Stoneman had two kids Stevens had none Stevens died after Johnson s impeachment Stoneman got better, moved to South Carolina for his health, and oversaw the oppression of white people Here s one of the things that really impressed me with this book Dixon knew his history and used it masterfully to make his case His facts concerning legislation and some events are mostly correct, yet he spins them in such a way that you can t see the whole picture To hear him tell it, Lincoln was the second coming of Christ, and Stoneman was Satan incarnate And it s easy to believe given the visage of the source material In fact HEY, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Yeah boss GET ME A PICTURE OF STEVENS AND THAT ROBERTSON DAVIES QUOTE I LIKE SO MUCH On it Stand by.OK, while Mr Dollywopple is doing his thing, I ll reiterate that Stoneman is Stevens to the life Tell us about it, Juliet You can change the name of a rose, but you cain t do nothin about the smell Shakespeare translated into southernese here to fit this review.And Stevens really looked the part of a devil All set, boss.ALRIGHT, LAY IT ON US You say We become that with which we busy our mind Too true Alas, too true I recall that as a boy the school chaplain said to my class, If you tell dirty jokes you will grow to look like a dirty joke This has been my hapless destiny Robertson Davies One can only imagine what kind of enmity ran through the veins of Mr Stevens to earn him this mug Where s Basil Hallward when you need him While Thaddeus was pretty rough, he did have his good points, but Dixon ignores those completely He does the same for Charles Sumner who also makes an appearance And speaking of equal opposite reactions, Preston Brooks beating of him on the Senate floor simply steeled Sumner s resolve to punish the southern aristocracy, and when he recovered from his injuries months later he became one of the harshest of the Radical Republicans Dixon ignores the fact that Lincoln waged a war against the south, and focuses entirely on his efforts to bring the South back into the union with no muss, no fuss Same for Andrew Johnson Like I said, the facts in these scenes are correct, but the presentation is remarkably skewed.This applies to the negroes in the book as well Every freedman save one is presented in such a horrible light that it s not surprising the other characters in the book want to beat or kill them, and the one exception is a Yessuh, massa man I found myself rooting for the Klan, and why wouldn t somebody if this were the way things really were And the gentlemen of the south were shown only in the best light Everything they did was justified given the circumstances according to the book Dixon highlights the vigilante justice killing a rapist , but completely ignores the murders for the sake of racial murder side of the Klan s activities, as well as its terrorism for the sake of terror There were certainly abuses of power by the new freedmen, but I don t think it was to the extent presented here, and completely absent are any abuses of power perpetrated by the old Southern aristocracy Neither of these things were absolute, though many people would like to believe they were depending on what camp they re in.If the rebels were truly as noble as they are portrayed here, the north truly as vindictive, and the freedmen truly as inferior, then it would be easy to cheer the Klan on Unfortunately, only the pretty side of the pumpkin has been turned to the street There is so muchto real life and real history that this book is incredibly misleading if taken as anything other than a work of fiction But with the historic facts I mentioned so masterfully worked into the narrative, I understand how this book movie caused so much uproar Millions of followers nodding their heads and saying Yeah That s just how I feel, and millions of protesters trying to get it banned forever The impact this book had is nothing short of amazing.Oh, yeah, I forgot There s a romance in this too Very strange place for a romance, but I reckon it works I don t know much about romance novels and even less about romance in general Stoneman s daughter falls in love with the person who becomes the Grand Dragon for the KKK of his area, and his son falls for the GD s sister All very dramatic, I m sure Then there s a botched Tale of Two Cities moment when Phil Stoneman s son trades places with Ben the Grand Dragon in jail since they look alike so Ben can save everyone s bacon and it was Phil who committed the crime in the first place It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done it is a far, far better rest wait, you mean they re really going to execute me Shit, I didn t sign up for this GET ME OUT OF HERE Not quite as romantic or noble as Sydney Carton, but thanks for trying.As for the depiction of black people wow Dixon gives us his views of this in the Night Hawk chapter Basically they re physically repugnant and mentally inferior in every way And while he s good with Reconstruction facts, his African history facts leave a bit to be desired, and those he presents are again spun to favor his opinions Certainly the black people of the South were uneducated, but ignorance had been forced on them for generations Dixon completely discounts the possibility that they could ever be anything other than barbarians, and thus sells the whole race short Oh, and we find out Stoneman s hard heartedness was all due to his nigress lover in DC I believe the term vampire was used Oh, that evil bitch, making him all mean and shit But he sees the light and the error of his ways at the very end You just gotta love happy endings hide spoiler A lot of people won t be able to get past the racist aspect of the book If you re one of those, then I suggest leaving it alone I think everyone who can read something objectively should read this It s important to remember history and to know certain things so they don t get repeated If you re looking for Lost Cause propaganda to support your stance and justify your hate, then I guess this is a good book for you, but I d rather you didn t read it Try sometolerant literature instead That s just me on my high horse Good prose This book s got it Dixon writes well, I won t gainsay it.So there you have it This book brought out a lot of conflicting emotions in me, so be prepared for quite a ride if you give it try This controversial novel by Thomas Dixon, written in 1905, tells a story of how a man, a county, a state and ultimately the southern people fought back against the North during the period of reconstruction Following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the North installs puppet negro governments in the southern states by granting negroes suffrage This leads to chaos as Now a negro electorate controlled the city government, and gangs of drunken negroes, its sovereign citizens, paraded the s This controversial novel by Thomas Dixon, written in 1905, tells a story of how a man, a county, a state and ultimately the southern people fought back against the North during the period of reconstruction Following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the North installs puppet negro governments in the southern states by granting negroes suffrage This leads to chaos as Now a negro electorate controlled the city government, and gangs of drunken negroes, its sovereign citizens, paraded the streets at night firing their muskets unchallenged and unmolested This book was published as a warning to the North about what Dixon regarded as the dangers of granting the vote to non whites This book is actually the second installment of a trilogy I ve not read either of the other books The Leopard s Spots is the first book The Traitor is the third book.This book has important historical significance because it gives insight to the now extremely unpopular post Civil War southern point of view that might otherwise be lost to the ages Anyone interested in US history should probably read this book if they are to understand the sentiments of Southerners during and after reconstruction.Dixon can be a fairly engaging writer but this piece is rife with grammatical and historical and scientific inaccuracies This book is a sentimental work It appeals not to the reason of the readers, but to their emotions Dixon portrays black people as living, breathing cartoon characters The story gets ridiculous when he s writing about black people But it s much better when he s writing about white people Also, Dixon was under the impression that hypnosis could be used to force people to tell the truth even if they were unwilling This was a popular misconception at the time Hypnosis was shrouded in mystery In fact, the term hypnosis only came in to popular use around 1880 But we now know that hypnosis doesn t work that way Unfortunately, Dixon incorporates the use of hypnosis in to his story in such a way This destroys the believability of the scene.The story told by the book is a little bit scattered and rambling The meat of the story, in a way, doesn t even really begin until the end of the book I recommend this book if you re interested in learning about the white southern perspective following the civil war Most readers will probably be offended As a story and as a work of literature, this novel is just ok I wouldn t recommend reading it for the entertainment value It is in the public domain and copies of it are available online I m a film buff, so when I found out that D.W Griffith s controversial The Birth of a Nation was based on Thomas Dixon Jr s novel The Clansman, the novel became a must read for me.The book and movie together are credited with a rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan, including in northern states like my parent s home of Indiana The Northern Indiana Center for History reports that by 1924, less than 20 years after The Clansman s publication, Klan membership reached 30% of the state s white adult male pop I m a film buff, so when I found out that D.W Griffith s controversial The Birth of a Nation was based on Thomas Dixon Jr s novel The Clansman, the novel became a must read for me.The book and movie together are credited with a rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan, including in northern states like my parent s home of Indiana The Northern Indiana Center for History reports that by 1924, less than 20 years after The Clansman s publication, Klan membership reached 30% of the state s white adult male population Total Klan membership approached the six million mark Heck, even the Klan s most recognizable symbol the fire drenched Latin cross was taken from The Clansman, but not used by the original version of the clan Now that s effective propaganda That s exactly what The Clansman is propaganda I felt like weeping after finishing the read The book s brutal Blood lust, race war, rape, civilizational collapse, assassination, n word a palooza, suicide, etc Here s how Dixon describes his work s significance in his opening note To the Reader In the darkest hour of life of the South, when her wounded people lay helpless amid rags and ashes under the beak and talon of the Vulture, suddenly from the mists of the mountains appeared a white cloud the size of a man s hand It grew until its mantle of mystery enfolded the stricken earth and sky An Invisible Empire had risen from the field of Death and challenged the Visible to mortal combat.How the young South, led by the reincarnated souls of the Clansmen of Old Scotland, went forth under this cover and against overwhelming odds, daring exile, imprisonment, and a felon s death, and saved the life of a people, forms one of the most dramatic chapters in the history of the Aryan race.There you have it If you want to understand the neo confederate mind, or if you want to hear the impetus behind white nationalism today, then by all means read this 112 year old work of historical fiction.A very, very disturbing book Read with caution You can t justreview The Clansman You can t apply the perfectly lovely star system provided by Goodreads that indicates your pleasure taken, your appreciation of the literary craft The Clansman has craft and provides intrigue butdude, it s a story of how necessary it was to organize the Ku Klux Klan to keep post Civil War white folks from being brutalized by bitter Northern conquerors and their black lackeys The Klan are the good guys in this story What are we supposed to do with THIS You can t justreview The Clansman You can t apply the perfectly lovely star system provided by Goodreads that indicates your pleasure taken, your appreciation of the literary craft The Clansman has craft and provides intrigue butdude, it s a story of how necessary it was to organize the Ku Klux Klan to keep post Civil War white folks from being brutalized by bitter Northern conquerors and their black lackeys The Klan are the good guys in this story What are we supposed to do with THIS I m going to tell you about this story, because it WAS well written enough that I not only fell into the plot, but understood the politics Dixon was trying to lay out for the common man to understand That s actually quite a feat, I hate politics Dixon gives us a cast the romance part of white folks, both Yankees and Rebels All are honorable and kind The Yankee smart strong nurse who doesn t care whose side of the war her patients were on, since the war just ended we re ALL Americans again The genteel, dignified but strong as steel Southern belles who remain gracious and godly in their tattered dresses Brave good natured young soldiers from both sides, all of whom are someone s human brother or son Dixon who was, among other things, a preacher establishes that he is capable of empathy and values virtue, which makes the rest of his story all theshocking The villain of the piece is a Senator named Stoneman He hates the South for their treachery and will do anything to see them punished His friend President Abraham Lincoln, tells him to chill out He says he has not conquered the South, but he has reclaimed his own nation They will not be punished, they will be enveloped back into the American fold as prodigal sons Stoneman and this is where it get s trippycuz Stoneman s a total asshole demands the Black Man have rights, all the rights and , of the white men Lincoln says that s impossible Two races have never lived peacefully, one always conquers the other Lincoln says without slavery to hold the social ranks in place, he intends to deport the black folks back to tropical climates and help them colonize their own new homes Which makes the Great Emancipator sound like a racist douche, right But it s true, historically Lincoln wasn t particularly anti slavery He just suspected black folks and white folks could never get along on equal footing Doesn t matter what Lincoln thought, cuz he gets killed and Stoneman gets his way Then our story gets ugly Reconstruction, the period of brutal treatment of the South following the War, begins Reconstruction seems to be an attempt to defile the corpse of an already dead land Taxes are high enough to starve the survivors of this war ground Black men are given the vote but white Southerns are traitors and cannot have it Black men are given positions of authority over their formal masters, and counseled that they are just as good as white men and to act like it Which is right and good and truebut not in Dixon s world How can these black people be put in authority, he asks This is a horrible and cruel farce Dixon points out that African slaves were taken from a continent rich in gold and diamonds the Africans never found or used them That Africans never even figured out how to invent the wheel, much less any innovation or invention to add to the world He posited that through biology or God s will or whatever, they simply were NOT as advanced as the other races on our planet Not their fault, but they can t be on equal footing with white people They biologically just cannot There are mulattoes in this book and they are the worst They are haughty and smooth, manipulative with the intelligence of their white ancestors clashing with the bestial nature of their black ancestors Dixon doesn t dwell on how these mulattoes came to be born in the first place, but in the history he s created it was most certainly the work of devious slave women seducing their masters, probably with witchcraft Statistical records that seem to indicate a lot of raped fourteen year old girls don t make an appearance There is no indication that there ever was such a thing as a cruel slave owner And the fully black ex slaves, who are now uniformed soldiers carrying the guns white men are not allowed to havethey are described in the harshest physical terms I ve ever readdeformed, bloated apes, purple engorged lips and cro magnon brows and their own peculiar awful smell Dixon just oozes hate He also makes it clear that the Yankees don t actually care one bit about the welfare of black people They just want to humiliate and punish The South, and the best way to do that is give control to the ex slaves, who they know will run amok like children and drive an already defeated people into the ground Every governmental office in some states was filled by a Freedman, whom, Dixon notes, was usually illiterate, power drunk, and completely ignorant of how his job was supposed to be done Then the book gives us a new character, the sweetest and most adored teenage girl in the whole village, and her loving mother They, like all the other Southerners we meet, have maintained genial Southern warmth and dignity despite their shoddy clothes and hungry bellies So of course that young girl is brutally gang raped by her father s old slaves The next morning the mother and daughter work together to clean up all evidence of the attack and leap off a cliff together, sparing the daughter a lifetime of misery and, allowing her to die with her name unbesmirched.Well, that tears it Enter the Clanwhich stars all the beloved characters of the story in one way or another, who ve been secretly gathering strength as the indignities against them grow to unbearable proportion The men ride to avenge They will no longer be terrorized by the angry animals seeking revenge on the masters who treated them with benevolence, the masters who were following Biblical law regarding slaves, the masters who thought of them as family All the bad black men are killed or scared out of office and out of town They meekly and with cringingly written duplicity happily go back to declaring themselves simple niggers The south didn t rise again Well, Coca cola is based in Atlanta so that s something So what do we do with a book like The Clansman If you want to understand the world, and be wise, I think you have to really understand the people you disagree with People rarely do things because they are evil, or even stupid They have REASONS They think they are good, and right, and they have evidence for their beliefs The Clansman takes you to a place you won t be able to find anywhere else Where someone of education and historical knowledge and close experience Dixon was born just before the War ended and grew up during Reconstruction , tells you why they think the way they do How thoughts that are stomach turning ignorance to us today, could be reasonably believed then This is propaganda, of course There is only one side told here But, that s when you realize, right or wrong, you ve grown up only hearing one side as well We just never considered there WAS another side to is the Klan a good thing Was the South nice in the days of slavery Did ex slaves ever do anything wrong The answer is automaticallywho cares And that s a fair enough answer The evil of it all can obliterate the desire to understand deeper But, if you truly want to know how people could hate another race so viciously, how racial animosity on both sides can still run at full boil 150 years after the end of slaverythis book is a good start This is raw and uncensored, unapologetic information, perhaps recon from the enemy camp But it is legitimate knowledge Though I can t blame you if you don t have the stomach for it I listened to this via public domain audiobook It was narrated by a pleasant voiced older southern woman, probably not a professional actor, named Michele Fry She was somehow absolutely perfect She kept an amazing neutrality, without being dull, as she told such an alarming and upsetting story Racist Boring And rambling From this book I learned that vengeance is only acceptable when a White man on a horse carries it out For a flat footed Black hooligan to carry it out against men who enslaved him for years is just wrong I ve read a lot of other books written by Caucasians in this era and never came across anything like this Memorable read, but not for the right reasons. July 10, 2013A review by Anthony T Riggio of The Clansman An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan by Thomas Dixon Jr This is an historical novel by a Southerner attempting to justify the need and rise of the Klu Klux Clan written in 1905, forty years after the Civil War His story revolves around some of the truly unintended consequences of reconstruction, hijacked by vindictive Northern politicians and greedy profiteers.Several reviewers brand the author a vile racist and a White Suprem July 10, 2013A review by Anthony T Riggio of The Clansman An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan by Thomas Dixon Jr This is an historical novel by a Southerner attempting to justify the need and rise of the Klu Klux Clan written in 1905, forty years after the Civil War His story revolves around some of the truly unintended consequences of reconstruction, hijacked by vindictive Northern politicians and greedy profiteers.Several reviewers brand the author a vile racist and a White Supremacist I believe these sobriquets are unfair and the reviewers are looking at the actions through the lenses of modern day understandings I believe the purpose of Thomas Dixon s novel was to communicate an idea of the perceptions of many Southerners which have impacted on the total assimilation of Blacks even until today That there are racist feelings by both Whites and Blacks stemming from Slavery and then Reconstruction is manifest today The Story The Clansman gives only a glimpse of the feelings of the Whites who were formally in control and the struggles with real and imaginary views of abuses of those agents of Reconstruction.I believe to brand this book and its author as racist is a disservice to History What was or was perceived is, and it may disturb some sensitive types who want to view the relations between Whites and Blacks as continually strident and without solution.I purchased this book fromfor my Kindle and believe it is a compelling story (READ EBOOK) ⚝ The Clansman î The year wasWith the close of the Civil War, there began for the South, an era of even greater turmoil In The Clansman, his controversialnovel, later the basis of the motion picture The Birth of a Nation, Thomas Dixon, describes the social, political, and economic disintegration that plagued the South during Reconstruction, depicting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the reactions of two families to racial conflict This study in social history was alternatively praised and damned by contemporary critics As historian Thomas D Clark notes in his introduction, the novel opened wider a vein of racial hatred which was to poison further an age already in social and political upheaval Dixon had in fact given voice in his novel to one of the most powerful latent forces in the social and political mind of the South For modern readers, The Clansman probes the roots of the racial violence that still haunts our society One of my first, and still favorite, silent films is The Birth of a Nation, and I read this book for HS Freshman English class after I saw the movie My enthusiasm for silent movies probably went way over those kids heads and they no doubt thought me an out and out racist Hah.Just as the movie is a rip roaring melodrama with an overall atrocious sentiment, so is the novel It really is a perfect book to get into the mindset of the die hard Lost Cause movement that got a major shot in the arm w One of my first, and still favorite, silent films is The Birth of a Nation, and I read this book for HS Freshman English class after I saw the movie My enthusiasm for silent movies probably went way over those kids heads and they no doubt thought me an out and out racist Hah.Just as the movie is a rip roaring melodrama with an overall atrocious sentiment, so is the novel It really is a perfect book to get into the mindset of the die hard Lost Cause movement that got a major shot in the arm when Griffith s movie was made 10 years later and made KKK chapters flourish throughout all of America in the 1920s.This one is due for a re read, because I don t recall much about it apart from the very OTT prose and the scientific discovery of the identity of Flora s rapist