They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion in 1866. They pulled white sheets over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee. Soon, the six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan and began patterning their initiations after fraternity rites, with passwords and m...more
This book does a great job of tracing back the roots of this terrorist group. Bartoletti includes significant discussion of the group and the politics during the time of Reconstruction, which better helps readers understand the after-effects of the Civil War, which isn't often thought about. She effectively uses quotes and personal testimonies to help readers understand the terror former slaves felt.
I only had a few qualms with this book. One was that it seemed a little dumbe...more
2.)What I liked the best about this book was that it covered all the knowledge about the K.K.K. in the Reconstruction era. Whether it was Johnson's impeachment, Carpetbaggers, Dens, soldiers, African Americans, etc., Susan Bartoletti did...more
2. What I liked about this book was how positive African Americans were looked at. The author made it so that the people reading her book cou...more
There are good things though! It gave me an excellent view on how life was for freed slaves at that time, and how hard it was to get by. I would recommend it to people who are interested in learning about the history of black people, and how they struggled even after they gained their freedom. I'd also recommend it to anyone interested in...more
This is the story of how 6 young men started a small club in Pulaski, Tennessee, that grew into a self-proclaimed empire that spread quickly and wide across the South. With the words "Boys, let us get up a club" these six young men went into the linen closet, and covered their heads with white sheets, and rode their horses through Pulaski, Tennessee. Soon after that they named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and started initiating...more
I found the information interesting and learned quite a bit from it. I felt, at times, that I was reading a textbook. In those instances, it was hard for me to continue reading. However, I rarely (if ever) put down a book before I finish it. I'm a...more
Created in response to the defeat of the South in the Civil War, as well as to laws being passed in which former slaves were finally gaining the rights they had been denied in the past...more
Bartoletti’s Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow was nominated for a Newbery award in 2006. This work on the “why?” behind the Ku Klux Klan was on a number of “best books” list in 2010, including YALSA and the School Library Journal. It was also one of the nominees for the YALSA award for excellence in non-fiction, given for the first time this year. Bartoletti draws from first-person narrative as much as possible, as well as including photographs and documents from the...more
In one of the more comprehensive and objective accounts in young adult literature on the topic, Susan Campbell Bartoletti shares the history and creation of the Ku Klux Klan. Bartoletti does a stellar job building the background of the story and the Reconstruction time period to understand why six men were triggered to form such a club and how it grossly grew out of control, even for th...more
The book brings readers through a hist...more
Bartoletti does an excellent job of showing the horrors of the early Klan and explaining how both the whites and the blacks felt intimidated by each other. Complete social change is difficult, and Reconstruction's effort to...more
Bartoletti does a wonderful job of combining extensive historica...more
The roots of the Klan reac...more
regardless, the history in this is utterly fantastic, with a real emphasis on contextualizing the time period and the actions, without being apologist or condemning. in fact, i was surprised by the LACK of condemnation in the book.
the use of primary documents, including political cartoons, throughout was impressive. would be a good book for AP US History students as well, to get their bearings on Reconstruction and see how good DBQ's are written. (or how to get ideas).
i also appr...more
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Marketed to children but appropriate for all ages.
Non-Fiction, American History, Black History, Race
Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of the Year for Nonfiction (2010), YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Nominee (2011)
In this new non-fiction work, Bartoletti takes readers back to the origins of the infamous Ku Klux Klan. Beginning with the Civil War, the abolition of slavery and concluding with the...more
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