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Clansman, An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

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The second book in a trilogy of the Reconstruction era - The Leopard's Spots (1902), The Clansman (1905), and The Traitor (1907), this novel was the basis for the 1915 silent movie classic, "The Birth Of A Nation". Within a fictional story, it records Dixon's understanding of the origins of the first Ku Klux Klan (his uncle was a Grand Titan during Dixon's childhood), recounting why white southerners' began staging vigilante responses to the savage personal insults, political injustices and social cruelties heaped upon them during Reconstruction. Still considered dangerous "propaganda" encouraging segregation, white unity, and white supremacy, this incendiary novel nevertheless sheds light on the social conditions and the mindset of many Americans (North and South) during that period, and its influence on subsequent southern authors from Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind) to Faulkner, Allen Tate, Robert Penn, and others, was significant. (Michele Fry)

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THE CLANSMAN

The Illustrations Shown in This Edition Are Reproductions of Scenes from the Photo Play of "The Birth of a Nation" Produced and Copyrighted by The Epoch Producing Corporation, to Whom the Publishers Desire to Express Their Thanks and Appreciation for Permission to Use the Pictures.

[Illustration: THE REIGN OF THE KLAN]

THE CLANSMAN

An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

By THOMAS DIXON

Author Of The Leopard's Spots, Comrades, Etc.

Illustrated With Scenes From The Photo Play THE BIRTH OF A NATION Produced And Copyrighted By Epoch Producing Corporation

GROSSET & DUNLAP Publishers :: New York

Copyright, 1905 BY THOMAS DIXON, JR.

The Country Life Press, Garden City, N. Y.

TO THE MEMORY OF A SCOTCH IRISH LEADER OF THE SOUTH

MY UNCLE, COLONEL LEROY MCAFEE

GRAND TITAN OF THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE KU KLUX KLAN

TO THE READER

"The Clansman" is the second book of a series of historical novels planned on the Race Conflict... Continue reading book >>


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