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“Rebirth of Klan Counters Moderate Action in State”

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/9780199752027.003.0004
“Rebirth of Klan Counters Moderate Action in State”

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Why did the KKK's “rebirth” emerge most fully in precisely the state whose progressive reputation presumably would best “counter” the Klan's militant appeals? To address that puzzle, this chapter focuses on the politics of KKK mobilization, in particular state officials' orientation to civil rights mandates and the policing of segregationist vigilante action. Through a detailed account of North Carolina's political development and extended comparisons to Mississippi and Florida, the chapter argues that a combination of racial moderation and laissez faire policing provided the KKK with considerable organizing latitude in the Tar Heel State, enabling the Carolina Klan's rapid growth and its significant influence on state politics.

Keywords: Ku Klux Klan; moderation; policing; North Carolina; Mississippi; Florida

Chapter.  11670 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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