The is the story of the evolution of the Athens, Georgia, chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the decade following World War I, when Klan influence peaked in America. It explores the interconnected social issues of race, class and sex, and how these forces combined to create such a brutal organization. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Nancy Maclean offers a major new interpretation of the Ku Klux Klan in America, placing the organization in its context of class and gender as well as race and religion. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
First edition. - New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Book — x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
On December 9, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in 81 minutes in Tattnall prison's electric chair. At the time the executions were a record. The new prison, built with funds from FDR's New Deal, as well as the fact that the men were tried and executed rather than lynched were thought to be a sign of progress. They were anything but. While those men were arrested, convicted, sentenced, and executed without appeal in as little as eight weeks - E. D. Rivers, the Governor of the state, oversaw a pardon racket for white killers, the Ku Klux Klan's infiltration of his administration, and the bankrupting of the state. Race and wealth were all that determined whether or not these men lived or died. There was no progress. There was no justice. David Beasley's Without Mercy is the harrowing true story of The Great Depression, The New Deal, and the violent death throes of the Klan, but most of all it is the story of the stunning injustice of these executions and how they have seared distrust of the legal system into the consciousness of the Deep South, and it is a story will forever be a testament to the death penalty's appalling racial inequality that continues to plague the nation. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Athens, Georgia : The University of Georgia Press, 
Book — xiv, 94 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
First published in 1981, Murder at the Broad River Bridge recounts the stunning details of the murder of Lieutenant Colonel Lemuel Penn by the Ku Klux Klan on a back-country Georgia road in 1964, nine days after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Longtime Atlanta Constitution reporter Bill Shipp gives us, with shattering power, the true story of how a good, innocent, ""uninvolved"" man was killed during the Civil Rights turbulence of the mid-1960s. Penn was a decorated veteran of World War II, a United States Army Reserve officer, and an African American, killed by racist, white vigilantes as he was driving home to Washington, D.C. from Fort Benning, Georgia. Shipp recounts the details of the blind and lawless force that took Penn's life and the sorry mask of protective patriotism it hid behind. To read Murder at Broad River Bridge is to know with deep shock that it could be dated today, tonight, tomorrow. It is a vastly moving documentary drama. (source: Nielsen Book Data)