The Resource Behind the mask of chivalry : the making of the second Ku Klux Klan, Nancy MacLean

Behind the mask of chivalry : the making of the second Ku Klux Klan, Nancy MacLean

Label
Behind the mask of chivalry : the making of the second Ku Klux Klan
Title
Behind the mask of chivalry
Title remainder
the making of the second Ku Klux Klan
Statement of responsibility
Nancy MacLean
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Behind the Mask of Chivalry brings the "invisible phalanx" of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s into broad daylight, culling from history the names, the life stories, and the driving motivations of the anonymous Klansmen beneath the white hoods and robes. Author Nancy MacLean exposes the inner workings of the Klan movement, and explains how it was able to attract millions of American men. Using an unusual and rich cache of internal Klan records from Athens, Georgia to anchor her observations, she combines a fine-grained portrait of a local Klan world with a penetrating analysis of the movement's ideas and politics nationwide. The result is a new, multi-dimensional understanding of the social conditions, cultural currents, and ordinary men that built this archetypal American reactionary movement. This book reveals how and why the Klan achieved a level of power and influence unmatched by any other American right-wing movement. The second Klan mobilized a nationwide following largely through campaigns waged over concerns that today would be called "family values": Prohibition violation, premarital sex, lewd movies, anxieties about women's changing roles, and worries over waning parental authority. Issues of gender and family life were essential to the movement. Yet, MacLean shows, crusades over "morals" always operated in the service of the Klan's larger agenda of virulent racial hatred and middle-class revanchism. The men who deplored sex among young people and sought to restore the power of husbands and fathers also wanted to make the U.S. a "white man's country," by taking the vote from blacks and barring immigrants. In vigilante terror, Klansmen acted out their movement's driving, brutal determination to maintain inherited hierarchies of race, class, and gender. Comparing the Klan to European fascist movements that grew out of the crucible of the First World War, MacLean maintains that the remarkable scope and frenzy of the movement is less a measure of members' power within their communities, than of the challenges to that power posed by African Americans, immigrants, Jews, Catholics, labor, and white women and youth who did not obey the Klan's canon of appropriate conduct. Powerfully written and impeccably researched, Behind the Mask of Chivalry is a model examination of the interaction of race, class, and gender, and an unforgettable investigation of a crucial era in American history
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
322.4/2/0975818
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HS2330.K63
LC item number
M225 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Behind the mask of chivalry : the making of the second Ku Klux Klan, Nancy MacLean
Publication
Note
Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-282) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Mobilizing the Invisible Army
  • "Where Money Rules and Morals Rot": The Vise of Modernity
  • Men in the Middle: The Class Composition of the Klan
  • Reactionary Populism: The Politics of Class
  • "Cleaning Up" Morality: The Politics of Sex and Age
  • The Approaching Apocalypse: The Politics of Race
  • Paramilitary Paternalism: The Politics of Terror
  • Conclusion: The Second Klan in Larger Perspective
Control code
ocm45844521
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 292 pages, [16] pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781280451478
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b3615684x
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45844521
  • acaebk0585327866
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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