Midnight Rangers: Costume and Performance in the Reconstruction-Era Ku Klux Klan

Parsons, Elaine Frantz
December 2005
Journal of American History;Dec2005, Vol. 92 Issue 3, p811
Academic Journal
The article talks about the costume and performances of the Ku Klux Klan during the Reconstruction era in the U.S. The degree and significance of the entanglement of the Ku Klux Klan movement with contemporary popular cultural forms and institutions is most obvious in their origins in Pulaski, Tennessee. Their mobilization of popular cultural traditions and popular cultural institutions' simultaneous appropriation of the image of the Klansman profoundly affected not only the spread of the Klan movement, but also the nature and meaning of Klan actions. Popular entertainment profoundly shaped the forms that Klan violence took and what that violence meant to them, their victims and witnesses.


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