The Clansman, An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

Thomas DIXON, JR. (1864 - 1946)

The second book in a trilogy of the Reconstruction era - The Leopard's Spots (1902), The Clansman (1905), and The Traitor (1907), this novel was the basis for the 1915 silent movie classic, "The Birth Of A Nation". Within a fictional story, it records Dixon's understanding of the origins of the first Ku Klux Klan (his uncle was a Grand Titan during Dixon's childhood), recounting why white southerners' began staging vigilante responses to the savage personal insults, political injustices and social cruelties heaped upon them during Reconstruction. Still considered dangerous "propaganda" encouraging segregation, white unity, and white supremacy, this incendiary novel nevertheless sheds light on the social conditions and the mindset of many Americans (North and South) during that period, and its influence on subsequent southern authors from Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind) to Faulkner, Allen Tate, Robert Penn, and others, was significant. (Michele Fry)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication and Introduction Michele Fry
00:03:31
Play 01 1, 1 - The Bruised Reed Michele Fry
00:26:16
Play 02 1, 2 - The Great Heart Michele Fry
00:21:43
Play 03 1, 3 - The Man of War Michele Fry
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Play 04 1, 4 - A Clash of Giants Michele Fry
00:31:09
Play 05 1, 5 - The Battle of Love Michele Fry
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Play 06 1, 6 - The Assassination Michele Fry
00:30:04
Play 07 1, 7 - The Frenzy of a Nation Michele Fry
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Play 08 2, 1 - The First Lady of the Land Michele Fry
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Play 09 2, 2 - Sweethearts Michele Fry
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Play 10 2, 3 - The Joy of Living Michele Fry
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Play 11 2, 4 - Hidden Treasure Michele Fry
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Play 12 2, 5 - Across the Chasm Michele Fry
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Play 13 2, 6 - The Gauge of Battle Michele Fry
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Play 14 2, 7 - A Woman Laughs Michele Fry
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Play 15 2, 8 - A Dream Michele Fry
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Play 16 2, 9 - The King Amuses Himself Michele Fry
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Play 17 2, 10 - Tossed by the Storm Michele Fry
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Play 18 2, 11 - The Supreme Test Michele Fry
00:21:50
Play 19 2, 12 - Triumph in Defeat Michele Fry
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Play 20 3, 1 - A Fallen Slaveholder’s Mansion Michele Fry
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Play 21 3, 2 - The Eyes of the Jungle Michele Fry
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Play 22 3, 3 - Augustus Cæsar Michele Fry
00:14:08
Play 23 3, 4 - At the Point of the Bayonet Michele Fry
00:23:09
Play 24 3, 5 - Forty Acres and a Mule Michele Fry
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Play 25 3, 6 - A Whisper in the Crowd Michele Fry
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Play 26 3, 7 - By the Light of a Torch Michele Fry
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Play 27 3, 8 - The Riot in the Master’s Hall Michele Fry
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Play 28 3, 9 - At Lover’s Leap Michele Fry
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Play 29 3, 10 - A Night Hawk Michele Fry
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Play 30 3, 11 - The Beat of a Sparrow’s Wing Michele Fry
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Play 31 3, 12 - At the Dawn of Day Michele Fry
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Play 32 4, 1 - The Hunt for the Animal Michele Fry
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Play 33 4, 2 - The Fiery Cross Michele Fry
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Play 34 4, 3 - The Parting of the Ways Michele Fry
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Play 35 4, 4 - The Banner of the Dragon Michele Fry
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Play 36 4, 5 - The Reign of the Klan Michele Fry
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Play 37 4, 6 - The Counter Stroke Michele Fry
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Play 38 4, 7 - The Snare of the Fowler Michele Fry
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Play 39 4, 8 - A Ride for a Life Michele Fry
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Play 40 4, 9 - “Vengeance Is Mine” Michele Fry
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