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Skip to main content. Jon Harrison. State News. It was a Fourth of July festival few at the time likely would ever forget. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Craig Fox has written a fascinating history and interpretation of the resurgent KKK in the 's and 's. While his primary thrust is the Klan in Michigan, Fox provides a great deal of background about the modern Klan as a whole and then brings it home to Michigan, thus giving it a helpful context.
I am especially impressed given that Fox has written this as an "outsider," but perhaps that is why he is also able to be more objective. This isn't his nation's Klan, it's ours.
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I was particularly interested in the subject since I am a native of Fremont, Michigan and discovered that some of the membership cards that he used for his research were those of my own relatives two of whom lived in Mecosta County at the time and were recruited, relieved of their dues money by the recruiter and never heard from him or the Klan again. Another family member is mentioned by name because he was also very active in his community and church. It is interesting to know how Klan's brief success and influence was influenced by the movie "Birth of a Nation" as well as a very well orchestrated marketing campaign, playing off peoples' fears and need to protect themselves they thought from people not like themselves.
It is also interesting to me to hear some of the same propaganda used by the Klan 90 years ago now being used by far right groups in our country on subjects like immigration and job protection. Obviously, we have not learned much from our own history of intolerance and over-exuberant self-love of white Protestantism under the guise of patriotism since we have modern groups espousing the same beliefs and values in new packaging.
His research is excellent.
I checked some of his original sources such as "The Fiery Cross" newspaper Indiana version from the 20s and find his interpretations on target. Of greatest interest are his explanations of the Klan's corporate marketing structure as a key recruiting and profiteering operation.
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Well done. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. About my hometown and things I never knew about the town leaders of the day. I found this to be well documented and well written. It was particularly interesting to me as a Michigan resident; however, it shows how easily ordinary citizens can be influenced by their peers.
Everyday klansfolk : white protestant life and the KKK in s Michigan in SearchWorks catalog
Curiosity and good advertising caused those people to join the Klan and it showed me a parallel to today's elections. Intriguing information. Format: Paperback.
Discusses the role of the Klan as a money-making pyramid scheme as well as a social outlet for rural America while still providing a urban viewpoint through a contemporary Detroit Klansman's observations. Fox also conducts a detailed analysis of the relationships between various Klansmen, which reveals novel recruiting patterns that place this iteration of the Klan within the larger fraternal order network.
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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. A recently published book puts the spotlight on a piece of history most communities would rather forget: The startlingly widespread popularity, for a few years in the s, of the Ku Klux Klan in the North. In this case, the closet is Newaygo County.
The movement flared up nationwide early in the Roaring 20s, with its base in nearby Indiana, and flourished until collapsing in a welter of scandals in Neither was the historian arbitrarily picking on the rural West Michigan county. That historical gold mine exists because of the stunning discovery in of a trove of s Newaygo County Klan memorabilia in the attic of a century-old farmhouse west of Fremont being readied for an estate sale. The Halloween auction, which drew controversy and heavy press coverage, scattered the collection of hoods, robes, photographs, meeting minutes and correspondence, sending them piecemeal into private hands.
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Boles, and stashed for researchers. Fox used those records, and a lot of other research, to compile his history of the s Klan in Michigan.
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It was his doctoral dissertation at the University of York, the northern English city where he lives. His undergraduate degree was in American Studies. Intrigued, he dug further, learning of the Clarke Library collection. He recently posted, on a British culture blog, a tongue-in-cheek account of his American experiences , including the "friendly, if inquisitive and rather insistent probings" from residents that — given his subject matter — "gave me the almighty willies. In the mids, the Klan was extremely active across most of Michigan.
Bigoted and racist the s Klan certainly was. Fox said he found no evidence of overt violence by the Michigan Klan, with the possible exception of Muskegon County's "Blue Lake.