The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland

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Indiana University Press
5.7 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

James H. Madison is author of Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II, and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America. An award-winning teacher, Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus, Indiana University Bloomington. The Midwestern History Association recently honored him with the Frederick Jackson Turner Lifetime Achievement Award.


By now, 100 years later, the story of the spell cast by the evil D.C. Stephenson over the good people of Indiana is familiar to anyone who knows the state's story. But that's not the whole story, says historian James H. Madison in his revelatory new book, The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland. The whole story is even more uncomfortable.

-- "Nuvo"

Hard to take in, but easy to read due to his writing style, The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland, is a do-read. Madison's account of the Ku Klux Klan combines primary sourece material and original research with his clean, vivid and well researched writing. While lots of nonfiction by academics is, well, academic, Madison is monstrously absorbale.

-- "The Herald Times"

In this tightly packed and well-written volume focused mostly on the second Klan, Madision provides a fast-paced analysis of how the Invisible Empire spread across the Hoosier State in the 1920s, becoming a symbol of good, solid Americanism for its many adherents and a symbol of fear and hatred for its myria of victims....The book deserves a wide readership.

--Brent M.S. Campney "ANNALS OF IOWA"

In The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland, James H. Madison, attempts, with great success, to peek underneath those white hoods to bring focus the people who were part of the Klan, why they joined, how they viewed themselves, and how the Klan, seemingly once dead, has hung on to continue to preach its reprehensible creed.

--Ray Boomhower "Indiana Authors Awards"