The clansman

an historical romance of the Ku Klux Klan.

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The clansman

an historical romance of the Ku Klux Klan.

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The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan is a novel published in 1905. It was the second work in the Ku Klux Klan trilogy by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. that included The Leopard's Spots and The Traitor. It was influential in providing the ideology that helped support the revival of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The novel was immediately adapted by its author as a play entitled The Clansman (1905) and by D. W. Griffith as the groundbreaking 1915 silent movie The Birth of a Nation.

The play particularly inspired the second half of The Birth of a Nation, as it was concerned with the KKK and Reconstruction rather than the American Civil War. According to Professor Russell Merritt, key differences between the play and film are said to include that Dixon was more sympathetic to Southerners' pursuing education and modern professions, whereas Griffith stressed ownership of plantations; moreover, Dixon envisioned the KKK as more organized and structured than it was.

Dixon wrote The Clansman as a message to Northerners to maintain racial segregation, as the work claimed that blacks when free would turn savage and violent, committing crimes such as murder, rape and robbery far out of proportion to their percentage of the population. He claimed to write for 18,000,000 southerners who supported his beliefs, though that many never joined the Klan. Dixon portrays the speaker of the house, Austin Stoneman, as a negro-loving legislator mad with power and eaten up with hate. His goal is to punish the Southern whites for their revolution against an oppressive government by turning the former slaves against the White Southerners and use the iron fist of the Union occupation troops to make them the new masters. The Klan's job is to protect the White Southerners from the carpetbaggers and their allies, Black and White.

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Language
English
Pages
374

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Lexington

Edition Notes

Series
The Novel as American social history
Genre
Fiction.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.5/2
Library of Congress
PZ3.D646 C16, PS3507.I93 C16, PZ3.D646C16, PS3507.I93 C53 1970eb

The Physical Object

Pagination
xviii, 374 p.
Number of pages
374

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL5755551M
Internet Archive
clansman00dixo
ISBN 10
0813101263
LCCN
71104761
Library Thing
1131432
Goodreads
1367770

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