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US controversies: The Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

Course Dates: 23/01/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the Ku Klux Klan and its role in American history.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00

Course Code: HAH21

Sun, day, 23 Jan - 23 Jan '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The Ku Klux Klan has gone through three major incarnations. The Klan emerged in the aftermath of the Civil War and played an important role during Reconstruction, before eventually disappearing in the 1870s. The Second Ku Klux Klan emerged during World War I and it went on to play a major role in American society and politics during the 1920s, before collapsing in the late 1920s. In the 1950s, the Third Ku Klux Klan emerged in response to the Civil Rights Movement. We will look at all three incarnations, as well as the modern depictions of the organisation.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The First KKK (1860s-1870s)
- The Second KKK (1910s-1920s)
- The Third KKK (1950s-1960s)
- Depictions and representations of the KKK in the media
- How historians have debated and portrayed the KKK over the years.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Better understand each incarnation of the Klan and how they differed from each other
- Better understand how the Klan has shaped American history
- Better understand Hollywood’s depictions of the Klan and how accurate, or inaccurate, they have been
- Understand how historians’ analysis of the Klan has changed over time.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

- This is an introductory-level course. No prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- I will use a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities will be used to teach the course.
- You do not need to do work outside of class, but reading materials will be available if you wish to learn more.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

- Be prepared to take notes. You may wish to bring a pen and paper or a laptop/tablet.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look at our 'US Controversies' series, exploring controversial aspects of American history.

Brian Kennedy

Brian was born and raised in the U.S.A. but moved to England seven years ago and recently became a British citizen. He has a master's and doctorate in U.S. history and has taught at Ohio State, Roehampton, Sheffield, and Hertfordshire universities. He is particularly interested in the roles of religion and ethnicity in American politics. As such, he has written about American Catholics during the Great Depression and Republican support for the Zionist movement. During his free time, he volunteers at Mind and a local history museum. He is an avid fan of all Boston sports teams and recently began reading science fiction novels.

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