Clansman, An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan cover

Clansman, An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

Thomas Dixon, Jr. (1864-1946)

1. Dedication and Introduction
2. 1, 1 - The Bruised Reed
3. 1, 2 - The Great Heart
4. 1, 3 - The Man of War
5. 1, 4 - A Clash of Giants
6. 1, 5 - The Battle of Love
7. 1, 6 - The Assassination
8. 1, 7 - The Frenzy of a Nation
9. 2, 1 - The First Lady of the Land
10. 2, 2 - Sweethearts
11. 2, 3 - The Joy of Living
12. 2, 4 - Hidden Treasure
13. 2, 5 - Across the Chasm
14. 2, 6 - The Gauge of Battle
15. 2, 7 - A Woman Laughs
16. 2, 8 - A Dream
17. 2, 9 - The King Amuses Himself
18. 2, 10 - Tossed by the Storm
19. 2, 11 - The Supreme Test
20. 2, 12 - Triumph in Defeat
21. 3, 1 - A Fallen Slaveholder’s Mansion
22. 3, 2 - The Eyes of the Jungle
23. 3, 3 - Augustus Cæsar
24. 3, 4 - At the Point of the Bayonet
25. 3, 5 - Forty Acres and a Mule
26. 3, 6 - A Whisper in the Crowd
27. 3, 7 - By the Light of a Torch
28. 3, 8 - The Riot in the Master’s Hall
29. 3, 9 - At Lover’s Leap
30. 3, 10 - A Night Hawk
31. 3, 11 - The Beat of a Sparrow’s Wing
32. 3, 12 - At the Dawn of Day
33. 4, 1 - The Hunt for the Animal
34. 4, 2 - The Fiery Cross
35. 4, 3 - The Parting of the Ways
36. 4, 4 - The Banner of the Dragon
37. 4, 5 - The Reign of the Klan
38. 4, 6 - The Counter Stroke
39. 4, 7 - The Snare of the Fowler
40. 4, 8 - A Ride for a Life
41. 4, 9 - “Vengeance Is Mine”

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Summary

The second book in a trilogy of the Reconstruction era - The Leopard's Spots (1902), The Clansman (1905), and The Traitor (1907), this novel was the basis for the 1915 silent movie classic, "The Birth Of A Nation". Within a fictional story, it records Dixon's understanding of the origins of the first Ku Klux Klan (his uncle was a Grand Titan during Dixon's childhood), recounting why white southerners' began staging vigilante responses to the savage personal insults, political injustices and social cruelties heaped upon them during Reconstruction. Still considered dangerous "propaganda" encouraging segregation, white unity, and white supremacy, this incendiary novel nevertheless sheds light on the social conditions and the mindset of many Americans (North and South) during that period, and its influence on subsequent southern authors from Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind) to Faulkner, Allen Tate, Robert Penn, and others, was significant. (Michele Fry)

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