Author(s): ite gowns, silver monitors : motion pictures and the making of the Ku Klux Klan By Rice, Tom
The Ku Klux Klan used to be reestablished in Atlanta in 1915, slightly every week sooner than the Atlanta premiere of The Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffiths paean to the unique Klan. While this hyperlink between Griffith’s movie and the Klan has been extensively said, Tom Rice explores the little-known dating between the Klans good fortune and its use of movie and media within the interwar years when the picture, serve as, and ethical rectitude of the Klan used to be contested at the nationwide level. By analyzing wealthy archival fabrics together with a chain of flicks produced by way of the Klan and a wealth of paperwork, newspaper clippings, and manuals, Rice uncovers the fraught historical past of the Klan as a neighborhood power that manipulated the American movie business to increase its succeed in around the nation. White Robes, Silver Screens highlights the tactics through which the Klan used, produced, and protested in opposition to movie so as to recruit contributors, generate exposure, and outline its position inside American society.