They Called Themselves the KKK

  • by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Narrated by Dion Graham, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A thoroughly-documented, chilling history of one of the world’s most recognizable extremist groups, this is the true story of terrorism in America.
“Boys, let us get up a club.” With these chilling 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. They called their new club the Ku Klux Klan, and it quickly grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire, with secret dens spreading across the South.
Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti weaves together vivid personal accounts from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries in this enlightening, surprising, and disquieting story, which has received a slew of starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and other esteemed publications. Her extensive research places the length of the Klan’s history into a larger context that sheds new light on the roots of hate groups.
When you purchase They Called Themselves the KKK, you’ll get exclusive bonus audio from a conversation with the author and Audie Award-winning narrator Dion Graham.

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not about the kkk

this book hardly mentions the kkk. it instead describes the perils and difficult times of african americans during the reconstruction period post civil war in detail. it's quite interesting in that respect, but i wanted to hear how the kkk grew and why it still exists in america, etc. i feel it was advertised as something that it was not.
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- Randy

Misleading title

This is an interesting work but it is not the interesting work that the title or the blurb suggests. While the KKK arises in most of the stories in this work the emphasis is on the experiences of the others involved, principally their victims. I'm glad I've listened to it and will revisit it again in the future but , as has been said by other reviewers, I don't feel like I know much more about this group than I did before. You should listen to it because it portrays an important series of events but not because you think it will reveal much about the KKK
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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios