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Gospel according to the Klan : the KKK's appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 / Kelly J. Baker.

By: Baker, Kelly J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: University Press of Kansas, 2017Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0700624562; 9780700624560.DDC classification: 322.4/2097309042 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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In this well-written, persuasively argued book, Baker (Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) shows that early-20th-century Ku Klux Klan members were not as removed from the 1920s religious and cultural mainstream as scholars who tout themes of tolerance in American history might desire them to be. The era from the 1910s to 1930s, which could be described as 30 years of "tribalisms," saw not only the Klan, but the rise of American eugenics, anti-Semitic quota systems, strict Jim Crow laws, and closed-door isolationist policies that kept nonwhite Protestant immigration to a minimum. Baker argues that the Klan, a racist white Protestant organization that reached its membership peak of four million in 1924, "was representative of 1920s America in its white supremacy, anti-Catholicism, anti-semitism, and other vices." In chapters on the movement's Protestantism, nationalism, racism, and gender discourses, Baker provides readers with the most detailed study of the early-20th-century Klan's religious concepts and practices to date. Her suggestion that the Klan's intertwining of nationalism and religion makes it part of the lineage of the American Right is particularly provocative, and sure to stimulate some heated discussion. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. S. McCloud University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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