Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HIST 6325 Section 502
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Ku Klux Klan in 20th Century

Description of Course:

This course will explore the evolution of the second Ku Klux Klan, considering its social conservatism as a particular strain of Progressivism as well as how it ultimately shaped the evolution of right wing political ideology over the course of the twentieth century. Topics of interest include the birth of the Klan in the New South, its roots in anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic thought, the national relevance of the organization in the 1920s in states as diverse as Texas, Oregon, and Indiana, the Klan's role in the 1924 presidential election, the resurgence of the Klan during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and the popularity of such political figures as David Duke in Louisiana in the 1980s. Since Dallas, Texas had a very large and powerful Ku Klu Klan, students will explore the local history of the group through work in the local archives and with primary documents.

Required Texts:

Rory McVeigh, The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: Right Wing Movements and National Politics, ISBN # 978-0816656202

Gary May, The Informant: the FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo, ISBN # 978-0300106350

Nancy MacLean, Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan, ISBN # 78-0195098365

Kathleen M. Blee, Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s, ISBN # 978-0520257870

Wayne Greenhaw, Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Klan in Alabama, ISBN # 978-1569763452

Kelly Baker, Gospel According to the Klan: the KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, ISBN # 978-0700617920

David Chalmers, Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan (3rd edition), ISBN # 978-0822307723 --NOT REQUIRED BUT SUGGESTED

Thomas R. Pegram, One Hundred Percent American: The Rebirth and Decline of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, ISBN # 978-1566637114 --NOT REQUIRED BUT SUGGESTED

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Readings in secondary source materials as well as research in primary sources.

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