Between Civil War and Civil Rights: White Protestant Nation

The first half, "A White Man's Government", includes the 1920 Election Day mob destruction of Ocoee, Florida in the words of Florida's own Zora Neale Hurston and contemporary newspaper accounts. Other "case studies" explore the perceptual gaps between "objective" reporters, both black and white. The second half, "Marketing Racism", examines the "Second" Klan's rise and fall, driven by one of the first (de facto) multi-media marketing campaigns. It looks at the groundbreaking "motion picture" Birth of a Nation; as well as the scandals that eventually undermined the Klan's "invisible empire." The music, including blues, folk, and pro-Klan songs on the KKK's own labels, paints a broad and bright canvas in the listener's mind.

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