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To define an organization of the Ku Klux Klan is an enigma of many historians. Most historians either take the side of the Ku Klux Klan (a.k.a. the KKK) or as most show how hateful and immoral the KKK were. One is not saying these ideas are wrong or right but both should be heard for one to determine the truth of what the KKK really was and really stood for. Behind the Mask of Chivalry describes how and why the Ku Klux Klan rose in popularity in the 1920s–through campaigns over issues perceived by members to threaten their middle class family values, yet always serving a larger agenda of racial hatred. W.E.B. Dubois once said Back of the writhing, yelling, cruel-eyed demons who break, destroy, maim and lynch and burn to the stake is a knot, Large or small, of normal human beings and these humans at heart are desperately afraid of something. The KKK was deeply afraid of something but what and why? Maclean goes into detail of why the KKK were against the Jews because they believed that they controlled world affairs, and that white people should be ready for a race war with people with color (Maclean 4). Maclean describes and illustrates why ordinary men joined such an influential group, how it stayed organized and grew to nearly 5 Million members, how they viewed them-selves and how others viewed them. Further more Maclean shows the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, recalling stories and motives of the men who hid behind the mask of chivalry. Nancy K. Maclean is a professor at Northwestern University. She left graduate school and doctoral fellowship to take time to write this book and gave her time to research. She is committed to promoting womens history and developing womens minds. Due to this commitment she put together a remarkable womens group for a graduate program for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The second movement of the KKK was started some time in the late 1910s. Almost fift…

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