White Robes, Silver Screens: Movies and the Making of the Ku by Tom Rice

By Tom Rice

The Ku Klux Klan was once reestablished in Atlanta in 1915, slightly per week earlier than the Atlanta superior of The delivery of a Nation, D. W. Griffith’s paean to the unique Klan. whereas this hyperlink among Griffith's movie and the Klan has been extensively said, Tom Rice explores the little-known dating among the Klan’s good fortune and its use of movie and media within the interwar years while the picture, functionality, and ethical rectitude of the Klan was once contested at the nationwide level. through reading wealthy archival fabrics together with a sequence of flicks produced through the Klan and a wealth of records, newspaper clippings, and manuals, Rice uncovers the fraught heritage of the Klan as a neighborhood strength that manipulated the yankee movie to increase its succeed in around the nation. White gowns, Silver Screens highlights the ways that the Klan used, produced, and protested opposed to movie in an effort to recruit participants, generate exposure, and outline its position inside of American society.

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Da basso sembrava un ciclone, mentre spazzava il terriccio e la cenere di tabacco e rimediava al disordine lasciato dai militari. Wilma lavorava con la possessività di una serva. Quando Emily Thompson decise di voltarsi, la casa era come avrebbe dovuto essere, tranne qualche graffio e qualche gamba di seggiola rotta. Le due donne appesero drappi neri alle finestre del primo piano. Emily, con i capelli sciolti sul viso, si sedette in cucina con gli occhi asciutti e lo sguardo fisso nel vuoto, mentre Wilma faceva il tè.

E da dove passerà, se non tra le nostre colline? E non aspettarti che basti questo per far intervenire un’armata ribelle. Ma se mi sbaglio, e prego Dio di sbagliarmi, cos’avrò perduto? Dimmi... A Mattie non era consentito manifestare il suo dissenso in queste cose. Ancora più sgomenta si sentì, e non disse una parola, allorché, dopo il raccolto, John decise di vendere una dozzina dei suoi braccianti migliori. Furono destinati, tutti quanti, a un mercante di Columbia, nel South Carolina. Quando il giorno arrivò e gli schiavi in catene furono messi sul carro, Mattie dovette correre di sopra e tapparsi le orecchie per non udire i pianti delle famiglie giù nelle baracche.

Le donne non facevano la guerra: non si allontanavano al galoppo agitando le sciabole e gridando di onore e libertà. Ma lei non aveva immaginato che questa guerra avrebbe distrutto la vita che conosceva e che l’avrebbe piombata in uno stato permanente di abbandono finché, alzandosi bruscamente dal sofà, comprese di esserne pienamente convinta. Che cosa l’aveva spaventata? Forse erano già le due o le tre del mattino. Nel caminetto il fuoco si era spento, al pianterreno nulla si muoveva. Solo la luna illuminava quella stanza gelida.

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