The Ku Klux Klan and Related American Racialist and Antisemitic Organizations
A History and Analysis
About the Book
Although the Ku Klux Klan can be traced from the 1700s through the Civil War and is still evolving at present, many people fail to realize its reach and influence. Some perceive the KKK as merely a radical racist group composed primarily of ignorant, uneducated members, but it is much more. Some Klan groups are political, while others are simply social. Some “meet and eat” like any mainstream civic or church group, but others are focused on well-planned violence. Not all Klan groups advocate an overthrow of the U.S. government, though some do.
Avoiding the bias of previous works—written by either Klan apologists or detractors—the author traces the historical development of the Klan and its organization, membership, ideologies and philosophies. Also detailed are the secret oaths of allegiance, the Imperial Wizards, and the concept of Knighthood.
About the Author(s)
Chester L. Quarles is a professor of criminal justice and serves in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Mississippi. While serving as a state criminal investigator, director of the State Crime Laboratory and as the state ballistics examiner, he participated in the investigations of almost all KKK activity in Mississippi in the mid to late 1960s, testifying in court during the trial of the first KKK member convicted since Reconstruction. Quarles has studied the Klan for over 40 years and, in conducting extensive hands-on research, has attended Klan meetings in Mississippi and Tennessee and has interviewed many of the more notable Klan figures in Mississippi. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
Chester L. Quarles
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 
Table of Contents
1. Before the Beginning 13
2. An Empire Is Born 27
3. 1915—A New Image 53
4. The Ku Klux Klan in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s 77
5. The Modern Klan 93
6. The Klan in the 1970s and the 1980s 113
7. Klan Surrogates 129
8. The Religion of the Ku Klux Klan and Its Offspring 155
9. Right-Wing American Terrorism 183
Appendix I The Original 1866 Ku Klux Klan Prescript 195
Appendix II The Revised and Amended Prescripts of the KKK (1869) 205
Appendix III Constitution and Laws of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Incorporated), 1915 217
Appendix IV The Constitution of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of the Sovereign Realm of Mississippi 251
Appendix V The Klan Oath Top Secret 273
Appendix VI Imperial Wizards 275
Appendix VII Brochure : Twenty Reasons to Join the Klan 277
Appendix VIII Brochure : Ideals of a Klansman 279
Appendix IX Brochure : A Message from the Invisible Empire 283
Appendix X Klan Terms Used After World War II 285
Book Reviews & Awards
“a straightforward presentation…recommended”—Public Library Quarterly; “chronicles the directions the Klan has taken during its long and diverse history”—C&RL News.