The Ku Klux Klan: A Guide to an American Subculture

The Ku Klux Klan: A Guide to an American Subculture

The Ku Klux Klan: A Guide to an American Subculture

The Ku Klux Klan: A Guide to an American Subculture


A teen goes back in time to prevent his mother's murder in this riveting read-in trade paperback for the first time.

A secret passageway that leads back in time? Jack can't believe what he's discovered, but it's true: The hidden metal door in his grandfather's house leads him to 1941. Shaken by his experience, Jack vows not to use the door again. But when his alcoholic father gets drunk one too many times, Jack witnesses his mother's horrific death and flees back through the door. He plans to stay alive until he can reach the present and prevent his mother's death. However, with World War II on the horizon, Jack soon finds himself fighting not only for his mother's life, but for his own.


The Spanish philosopher Santayana once exclaimed that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. It became his most famous utterance, perhaps the most significant in history in regard to the importance of history.

There are many reasons to write about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK; Klan)—both past and present. Their outrageous image and regalia, the perceived dangerousness of their worldview, and their violent tendencies all make the KKK a curiosity and an interesting topic. But more important is that it allows us to follow the advice of Santayana to learn about the past to create a more peaceful future.

In a nation that embraces freedom of opinion and action only until it infringes on the freedom of others, extremist organizations are destined to exist and are even given the opportunity to flourish, as did the Klan for a decade early in the twentieth century. However, that same freedom of expression exposes Americans to hundreds of groups and philosophies, which in turn reduces the likelihood that a radical and violent right-wing organization such as the Klan will gain significant power.

Therefore, this book is not to be considered a warning against the possibility that the Ku Klux Klan or its reactionary descendents in the . . .

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