The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in America

Paperback | April 1, 1998

byWyn Craig Wade

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Few groups in our history are as fascinating and mysterious as the Ku Klux Klan. Its story is one of violence, political manipulation and intrigue, absurdity, and mesmerizing organizational and propaganda skills. Through shrewd political tactics and powerful leadership, the Klan has oftenbeen a potent force, as it encouraged Americans to protect themselves from those they find "unacceptable." Its actions have made it one of the most feared groups in America. In The Fiery Cross, Wyn Craig Wade traces the Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the present. Wade provides us with the history of the group, which has gone through a number of declines and renaissances over the last hundred years. We followthe Klan's resurgence in 1915 after D.W. Griffith's epic film The Birth of a Nation depicted Klan members as heroic saviors of the old Southern society, to the swearing in of President Warren G. Harding as a Klansman in the Green Room, and from the Klan's championing of white supremacy as a responseto the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, to their present day activities, aligning themselves with a variety of neo-fascist and right-wing groups in the American West. Finally, Wade provides us with an assessment of the Klan's future. The Fiery Cross provides an exhaustive analysis and perspective on this dark shadow of American society. It is long overdue.

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Psychologist/historian Wyn Craig Wade traces the Ku Klux Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War to its present day activities, aligning with various neo-fascist and right-wing groups in the American West. THE FIERY CROSS provides an exhaustive analysis and long overdue perspective on this dark shadow of American society. Photos.

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Few groups in our history are as fascinating and mysterious as the Ku Klux Klan. Its story is one of violence, political manipulation and intrigue, absurdity, and mesmerizing organizational and propaganda skills. Through shrewd political tactics and powerful leadership, the Klan has oftenbeen a potent force, as it encouraged American...

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In The Fiery Cross, Wyn Craig Wade traces the history of the Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the present. The reader follows the Klan's resurgence in 1915 after D.W. Griffith's epic film The Birth of a Nation depicted Klan members as heroic saviors of the old Southern society, to ...

Wyn Craig Wade is a psychologist and historian. He is the best-selling author of The Titanic: End of a Dream. He is currently a full-time writer, as well as an instructor of psychology at Ivy Tech State College in Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.3 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbingly Powerful The Fiery Cross has been one of the books that can really play with your emotions. It goes into great detail on the history of the KKK, sometimes a little too great detail as I found myself horrified beyond belief at the atrocities the KKK committed during their 100 years of terrifying control over the south. But Wyn Craig Wade has accomplished quite a deal with this book, and deserves a great deal of respect for this masterpiece.
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Psychologist/historian Wyn Craig Wade traces the Ku Klux Klan from its beginnings after the Civil War to its present day activities, aligning with various neo-fascist and right-wing groups in the American West. THE FIERY CROSS provides an exhaustive analysis and long overdue perspective on this dark shadow of American society. Photos.

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"Wade discovers the Klan as a singularly American beast, created that way by the very democratic ideals it mocks and inverts."--Library Journal