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Behold, America by Sarah Churchwell review - the underside of the ‘American dream'

7 monthes ago   |   By The Guardian

This timely survey traces the political roots of the current ‘America First' movement back to the early 20th century In its initial incarnation, the Ku Klux Klan was a southern organisation born of denial: Klansmen rejected the obvious consequences of Confederate defeat for the racial character and social structure of the South. Although the Klan had been suppressed by the turn of the century, it was reincarnated in 1915, and soon spread far beyond the southern states, becoming a national phenomenon. Black Americans remained a target, but its demonology extended to encompass other...
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