The image of a K.K.K. hood is eerie. Put one on the cover of a book, and it is bound to get a reaction. Some people may look at the cover, and think, as in the words of one of my students “That’s a racist book.” In fact, it’s not. It’s just the opposite. As it states in the back book flap:
The idea for this book began when the author saw a statue commemorating Nathan Bedford Forrest, the infamous Confederate cavalry general who became known as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. “As I looked at that statue,” writes Susan Campbell Bartoletti, “I asked myself: Where are the statues commemorating the victims of Klan violence?
Note: For a list of excellent Civil Rights electronic resources that Mrs. Renton has selected, look at the Civil Rights section on the left hand column of the Harvest Park Welcome Page.
Genre: Nonfiction (Dewey 322.4)
Tags: K.K.K., terrorist, Ku Klux Klan, racism, hate, Civil War, slaves, Reconstruction, Civil Rights,
A/R Reading level: 9.2
Interest level: Grades 7-12
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group