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The Clansman

The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

THOMAS DIXON
INTRODUCTION BY THOMAS D. CLARK
Copyright Date: 1970
Pages: 392
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5hjzbb
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    The Clansman
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    " The year was 1865. With the close of the Civil War, there began for the South, an era of even greater turmoil. In The Clansman, his controversial 1905 novel, later the basis of the motion picture The Birth of a Nation, Thomas Dixon, describes the social, political, and economic disintegration that plagued the South during Reconstruction, depicting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the reactions of two families to racial conflict. This study in social history was alternatively praised and damned by contemporary critics. As historian Thomas D. Clark notes in his introduction, the novel "opened wider a vein of racial hatred which was to poison further an age already in social and political upheaval. Dixon had in fact given voice in his novel to one of the most powerful latent forces in the social and political mind of the South." For modern readers, The Clansman probes the roots of the racial violence that still haunts our society.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4583-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature
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  1. Front Matter (pp. i-iv)
  2. INTRODUCTION (pp. v-xviii)
    Thomas D. Clark

    The first thing to be said in discussing Thomas Dixon, Jr.’s novelThe Clansmanis that no person of critical judgment thinks of it as having artistic conception or literary craftsmanship. One can readily agree with the opinion of the reviewer for theBookmanin February 1905, when he wrote, “The Clansmanmay be summed up as a very poor novel, a very ridiculous novel, not a novel at all, yet a novel with a great deal to it; a novel that very properly is going to interest many thousands of readers, of all degrees of taste and education, a...

  3. TO THE READER (pp. 1-2)
    Thomas Dixon jr.
  4. Book I The Assassination (pp. 3-89)

    THE fair girl who was playing a banjo and singing to the wounded soldiers suddenly stopped, and, turning to the surgeon, whispered :

    “What’s that?”

    “It sounds like a mob—”

    With a common impulse they moved to the open window of the hospital and listened.

    On the soft spring air came the roar of excited thousands sweeping down the avenue from the Capitol toward the White House. Above all rang the cries of struggling newsboys screaming an “Extra.” One of them darted around the corner, his shrill voice quivering with excitement:

    Extra! Extra! Peace! Victory!

    Windows were suddenly raised,...

  5. Book II The Revolution (pp. 90-186)

    THE little house on the Capitol hill now became the centre of fevered activity. This house, selected by its grim master to become the executive mansion of the Nation, was perhaps the most modest structure ever chosen for such high uses.

    It stood, a small, two-story brick building, in an unpretentious street. Seven windows opened on the front with black solid-panelled shutters. The front parlour was scantily furnished. A huge mirror covered one wall, and on the other hung a life-size oil portrait of Stoneman, and between the windows were a portrait of Washington Irving and a picture of a...

  6. Book III The Reign of Terror (pp. 187-308)

    PIEDMONT, South Carolina, which Elsie and Phil had selected for reasons best known to themselves as the place of retreat for their father, was a favourite summer resort of Charleston people before the war.

    Ulster county, of which this village was the capital, bordered on the North Carolina line, lying alongside the ancient shire of York. It was settled by the Scotch folk who came from the North of Ireland in the great migrations which gave America three hundred thousand people of Covenanter martyr blood, the largest and most important addition to our population, larger in numbers than either the...

  7. Book IV The Ku Klux Klan (pp. 309-376)

    AUNT CINDY came at seven o’clock to get breakfast, and finding the house closed and no one at home, supposed Mrs. Lenoir and Marion had remained at the Cameron House for the night. She sat down on the steps, waited grumblingly an hour, and then hurried to the hotel to scold her former mistress for keeping her out so long.

    Accustomed to enter familiarly, she thrust her head into the dining-room, where the family were at breakfast with a solitary guest, muttering the speech she had been rehearsing on the way:

    “I lak ter know what sort er way dis—...