The Terrors of Klan and Flood

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI:
The Terrors of Klan and Flood

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LeRoy Percy considered the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan as a powerful moment in the twentieth century, a folly that would die of its own absurdity. But some 18 million Americans were sufficiently disturbed by the wrenching changes in post-World War I America to join the ranks of the KKK. The organization was built upon a long history of nativist sentiment, stretching back to the old anti-Irish Know-Nothings and anti-abolitionist, anti-black mobs in the North before the Civil War, and the fear of black insurgency and advance in the South; anxieties that persisted and even grew worse after emancipation and Confederate defeat in 1865. This chapter describes the battle waged by the Percys against the Ku Klux Clan and the actions they took after the Mississippi River flood.

Keywords: Ku Klux Clan; black insurgency; LeRoy Percy; Will Percy; Mississippi

Chapter.  10700 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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