YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!! I t describes the somewhat trivial origin of the Klan out of circumstances which account for the mystery attending its rise and growth; it traces the causes which changed the Klan into a powerful organization called "The Invisible Empire;" and it leaves the history at the point where, in 1869, the "Grand Wizard" disbanded the Empire, though, for a long time after, bands of men calling themselves Ku Klux continued to "regulate" affairs in the South, on secret mob principles.
N o chapter in American history is more strange than the one which bears for a title: Ku Klux Klan. The Klan disappeared from Southern life as it came into it, shrouded in deepest mystery. Its members would not disclose its secrets; others could not. Even the investigating committee appointed by Congress, after tedious and diligent inquiry, was baffled.
The voluminous reports containing the results of the committee's labors do not tell when and where and how the Ku Klux Klan originated. The author of this does not profess to be able to reveal the secret signs, grips, and pass-words of the order. These have never been disclosed, and probably never will be. He simply narrates those facts relating to the order which have a historic and philosophic value: the history of the origin, growth, and disbandment of The Invisible Empire.
It is due to the truth of history, to the student of human nature, and to the statesman, that such facts connected with this remarkable episode in our nation's history be frankly and fairly told. This book illustrates the weird and irresistible power of the unknown and mysterious over the minds of men of all classes and conditions in life; and it illustrates how men by circumstances and conditions, in part of their own creation, may be carried away from their moorings and drifted along in a course against which reason and judgment protest. The popular idea supposes the Ku Klux movement to have been conceived in malice, and nursed by prejudice and hate, for lawlessness, rapine, and murder. The circumstances which brought the Klan into notice and notoriety were of a character to favor such a conclusion.
The report of the Congressional investigating committee confirmed it. But granting the truthfulness of that report, it is fragmentary truth; it does not tell the whole story; and it leaves the impression that the Ku Klux Klan was conceived and carried out in pure and unmixed deviltry. Whether this conclusion is just and true, the reader who follows this narrative to its end will decide. The Clans birth-place was Pulaski, the capital of Giles, one of the southern tier of counties in Middle Tennessee.In some respects it was more trying than the ordeal of war which lay behind them. The reaction which followed the excitement of army scenes and service was intense.
There was nothing to relieve it. They could not engage in active business or professional pursuits. Their business habits were broken up. None had capital with which to conduct agricultural pursuits or to engage in mercantile enterprises. And this restlessness was made more intense by the total lack of the amusements and social diversions which prevail wherever society is in a normal condition.One evening in June, 1866, a few of these young men met in the office of one of the most prominent members of the Pulaski bar. In the course of the conversation one of the number said: Boys, let us get up a club or a society of some description. " This book develops the true story of the Southern atmosphere after the Civil War, including many thrilling personal narratives and graphic facts of life at the South, all fully authenticated, of their new "club. Published in 1880, this intriguing book is in VERY GOOD CONDITION for its age and especially to be 137 YEARS OLD!!! Or stray in text markings.
This controversial and historical book of southern history measures 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and is complete with 521 pages. For an informative and insightful view pertaining to the early history of the KKK, you should read this ILLUSTRATED!!! GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!! Please see our other books too! The item "KU KLUX KLAN Confederate KKK Southern CSA Civil War Black History THE SOUTH klu" is in sale since Wednesday, September 06, 2017.This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "rebel_soldier" and is located in Cameron, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.