They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Dion Graham (Read by)

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Boys, let us get up a club.

With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee in 1866. The six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and, all too quickly, their club grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South.

This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America’s democracy. Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries, this account from Newbery Honor-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a book to read and remember. A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441871558
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/23/2010
Edition description: Unabridged, 4 CDs, 4 hrs. 25 min.
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti pored over 8,027 pages of Congressional testimony, 2,300 Slave Narratives, contemporaneous newspapers, and diaries. It is her hope that these stories told will stand in memorial to the great courage of the Klan victims and of all freed slaves and to the pivotal role they played in American history.

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They Called Themselves the K. K. K. 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reason I gave this book a three star rating system is because this book had interesting and disturbing facts. Most of the facts where disturbing in my point of veiw, so i wouldn't give this book a 4 nor a 5 star reveiw. The book is baisically about the kkk's history during and after the civil war. It has many facts and interveiws from people during the civil war. The book also has information on people who invented the kkk. Also it states why the kkk did the bad things they did along time ago. I would recommend this book to readers who are 12 and older because in the book it has alot of swears to keep the book more realistic. Like the author stated "History is filled with stories of terrible things that happen as people stand up for an ideal and strike out against injustice."
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of the founding and growth of the Ku Klux Klan, from its start after the civil war until the 1960's. Includes first person accounts from interviews in the 1930's.
prkcs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of how this secret organization took root in America. Includes personal accounts, congressional documents and other primary sources
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bartoletti takes the reader on a well-researched, thorough journey from the K.K.K.¿s inception to its ultimate legal demise. The power of this book lies in its authentic stories from firsthand accounts of those who had run-ins with the terrorist group. Also, Bartoletti includes an abundance of photographs, illustrations, and maps to provide us with genuineness and immediacy of the narrative.A Civil Rights Time Line, Quote Attributions, Bibliography and Source Notes, and Index are included in the back of the book. They Called Themselves the K.K.K. is excellent, meticulous non-fiction that is appropriate for middle school readers and beyond.
mrsderaps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is not often that I read nonfiction, especially nonfiction YA books. When I do, it is usually for my classroom. This book, They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group is one that I had selected to purchase for use in my classroom this year. I chose this text because I am deeply interested in human and civil rights and want to promote an accepting and inviting atmosphere for all students in my classroom. This is not always easy to do in rural Maine. Our state has been called the "whitest" in the country; our school has less than 1% of students of African American, Asian American, or Latino American descent. Combined. (We do have a stronger showing of Native American students at about 3%.) And, for a state so far from the Mason-Dixon Line, we have an awful lot of Confederate flags on belt buckles and bumper stickers. I am not implying that there is more racism in our school than in any other across the country. I do think that there is an extreme lack of information about other cultures. So, I purchase books like this one in hopes that students will learn. Here's what this book has to offer:-A time line of events starting before the Civil War and leading up to the election of President Obama-A collection of ads, articles, cartoons, drawings, and photographs depicting civil rights issues -An easy-to-understand representation of historical events, including political movements and policies related to civil rights, voting procedures, and the formation of the KKK-Reproductions of historical documents, like the Emancipation Proclamation-Pictures and interview excerpts from former slavesThis book is extremely user and reader-friendly. I am not exactly sure what the reading level is, but it is probably somewhere between 8th and 10th grade. Some sections are easier to understand than others. Overall, I learned a lot about the politics and the agendas of both the American North and South during the years before and after the Civil War. I think that this is an essential text for classrooms across our country. The information and the visuals contained in this book make it an enticing read for any up-and-coming civil rights activist. Hopefully, some of my students will be inspired to read it and then spread awareness about civil rights. Because the fight is not yet finished.
Mrpete More than 1 year ago
Very good book. The pictures were very diverse and informative, adding onto the narrative of the story. The information provided was very descriptive and a perfect companion for a book report on the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quote from a previous reviewer: "The reason I gave this book a three star rating system is because this book had interesting and disturbing facts." Yes, America's history is filled with disturbing facts. This book presents these disturbing facts in an exceptionally interesting manner. After reading this book I purchased all of Susan Campbell Bartoletti's other nonfiction titles. We have to get our children to read nonfiction, and her books will get them to do just that!
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DustinB1983 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿They Called Themselves the K.K.K.¿ by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the story of the origins and rise of one of the most notorious and influential hate groups in American history. This is story is compiled utilizing interviews, testimonies, and historical documents. The complex social dynamic of the Reconstruction Era inspired the birth and rise of the Klan. Bartoletti traces their origins all the way back to six Confederate soldiers in a small Tennessee town. They established a name, a redundant one consisting of two words meaning ¿band or circle.¿ They established equally ridiculous uniforms and rituals. Their message resonated with many whites across the South afraid of the direction of their country and the impact of the freed people, and the Klan¿s propaganda was successful. She traces the impact of the K.K.K up to as recent as 2008. As usual, Bartoletti¿s book is well-written and engaging. It is filled with illustrations, documents, and photographs, many of which are quite chilling. Towards the end of the book, there is also Civil Rights timeline, which is informative and providers a nice balance. I would consider this book most appropriate for high school students. The language in this book is probably accessible for middle school age. However, there is some graphic content. Also, the author pulls no punches. She acknowledges that she did not censor the language, and as a result, the language in the book reflects the language of the time and of the people it is about. It is nothing I have not read or heard elsewhere, but it still turns my stomach. It is painful to read about this particularly awful group of inferior, subhuman scum (and I say this knowing that I have ancestors who were sympathetic to their cause). That is not to ignore the fact that equally despicable groups have existed elsewhere in the world, some of them much more successful in implementing their insidious agenda, but the story of this group hits close to home. That is why this is an important topic. We also cannot ignore that this group still exists. They have a website. They run politicians for office. They have moderated their image. I would certainly be willing to teach this book in a classroom, and it is a fairly quick. The information about the Reconstruction Period would be particularly useful in studying that time period. However, I would tread lightly. The language is offensive at times, and the content is emotional. Stories of the Civil Rights Movement shows us that individuals and small groups of people can organize in a democracy and influence change for the better. However, the story of the K.K.K. demonstrates that organization is a tool of regressive hate as well, and our nation is not immune to their influence.
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