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Introduction

David Cunningham

in Klansville, U.S.A.

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199752027
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752027.003.0001
Introduction

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Surprisingly, the civil rights era Ku Klux Klan's greatest organizing successes did not occur in the Deep South, but rather in North Carolina, ostensibly the region's most progressive state. This introductory chapter describes the rise of the Carolina Klan during that period, and introduces and outlines the “mediated competition model” as a theoretical framework to explain KKK mobilization. The chapter closes with a reflective consideration of research orientations to the Klan and the general utility of understanding this wave of KKK activity and its legacy.

Keywords: Ku Klux Klan; mediated competition; North Carolina

Chapter.  5076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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