Elaine Frantz Parsons is professor of history at Kent State University.
Explodes many commonly held conceptions about the first Klan through meticulous research of thousands of sources.--Agricultural History A happy marriage of the tools of social history and the insights of cultural history.-- Arkansas Historical Quarterly Provides an interesting and insightful view of how the Klan phenomenon was portrayed in different venues and by different kinds of actors.--American Historical Review A provocative reevaluation of the Ku Klux Klan that is essential reading for anyone studying the Reconstruction South.--Journal of Southern History Extraordinarily well-researched. . . .interesting and illuminating.--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Essential reading for scholars focusing on the Civil War, Reconstruction, or racist violence in America.--H-Net Reviews As much a cultural history as it is an institutional history, a refreshing departure from a vast literature that has long cataloged the political, social, and economic implications of Reconstruction violence.--Journal of the Civil War A superb, important new interpretation of the history of the first Ku Klux Klan. . . . Highly recommended for those interested in the history of the South, Reconstruction, and American racial violence.--North Carolina Historical Review