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Klan war : Ulysses S. Grant and the battle to save Reconstruction / Fergus M. Bordewich.

"A stunning history of the first national anti-terrorist campaign waged on American soil-when Ulysses S. Grant wielded the power of the federal government in an attempt to dismantle the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan, which celebrated historian Fergus Bordewich defines as 'the first organized terrorist movement in American history,' rose from the ashes of the Civil War. At its peak in the early 1870s, the Klan boasted many tens of thousands of members, no small number of them landowners, lawmen, doctors, journalists, and churchmen, as well as future governors and congressmen. And their mission was to obliterate the muscular democratic power of newly emancipated Black Americans and their white allies, often by the most horrifying means imaginable. To repel the virulent tidal wave of violence, President Ulysses S. Grant waged a two-term battle against both armed southern enemies of Reconstruction and northerners seduced by visions of post-war conciliation, testing for the first time the limits of the federal government in determining the extent of states' rights. In this book, Bordewich transports us to the front lines, in the hamlets of the former Confederate States and in the marble corridors of Congress, reviving an unsung generation of grassroots Black leaders and key figures such as crusading Missouri Senator Carl Schurz and the ruthless former slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest. Klan War is a bold and bracing record of American's past that reveals the bloody, Reconstruction-era roots of present-day battles to protect the ballot box and to stamp out resurgent white supremacist ideologies"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593317815
  • ISBN: 0593317815
  • Physical Description: xix, 447 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part one: The terror. An experiment in good faith -- Apparitions in Tennessee -- A monster terrible beyond question -- An alarm bell in the night -- Field of blood -- Part two: Grant takes command. The Sphinx -- The face of revolution -- A Mephistopheles in glasses -- The first enforcement act -- Part three: War. South Carolina in the balance -- Ben Butler's apotheosis -- An officer of immense energy and zeal -- A machinery for crimes -- Congress goes south -- The Klan at bay -- Part four: Recessional. The court weighs in -- Grant triumphant -- Colfax -- Epilogue.
Subject: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
Ku Klux Klan (19th century)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Domestic terrorism > United States > History > 19th century.
United States > Race relations > History > 19th century.
Genre: Informational works.

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Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity 973.82 BOR 2023 (Text) 31001101906510 Adult Non Fiction Checked Out 07/31/2024

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