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Published: 13 July 1995

336 Pages | 33 halftones

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195098365

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Behind the Mask of Chivalry

The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan

Nancy K. MacLean

Behind the Mask of Chivalry exposes the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, and explains how it was able to attract millions of American men. Using an usual and rich cache of internal Klan records from Athens, Georgia, to anchor her observations, MacLean combines a fine-grained portrait of a local Klan world with an 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. Examining the developments of the times from the perspective of white men who liked to portray themselves as victims, the study provides new insight into a critical era of American history, and into an enduring refrain in conservative thought.