Monday, September 20, 2010

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Bartoletti has made a name for herself by producing powerful teen nonfiction highlighting the roots of the worst terrorist groups in history, first with Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow and now with her newest title They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group.

The research and detail that went into the writing of this title truly makes for a powerful (and at times painful) read. Based on historical records, slave narratives and other first person accounts of the political times and events that surrounded the formation of this terrorist group, They Called Themselves the K.K.K. gives an in depth and revealing overview of this piece of American history. Adding to the meticulous research are images including newspaper clippings, political paraphernalia and photographs which immerse the reader in the lives of the people on the page.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys post-civil war American history, as the political, economic and social climate of the times is well flushed out. If you enjoy this title you may also want to check out Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow.

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