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By Susan Campbell Bartoletti | Comments: ( 280 ) | Date: ( May 31, 2020 )

Boys, let us get up a club With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend s mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee Soon, the six friends had named their club the Ku Klux Klan and all too quickly, their club would grow into the self proclaimed Invisible Empire with se Boys, let us get up a club With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend s mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee Soon, the six friends had named their club the Ku Klux Klan and all too quickly, their club would grow into the self proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South.This is the story of how a secret, terrorist group took root in America s democracy Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries, it is a book to read and remember.


  • Title: They Called Themselves The KKK
  • Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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  • Page: 455
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About Author:

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is an American writer of children s literature She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but eventually the family ended up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania Susan started as an English teacher and inspired many students before deciding to pursue writing in earnest She sold her first short story in 1989 Three years later in 1992 she published her first picture book, Silver at Night She held a rigid routine, awaking early in the morning in order to write before she left to teach In 1997 she turned to writing full time Susan has since returned to inspiring future writers She teaches writing classes at a number of MA and MFA programs, among them Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia Additionally she leads workshops offered through the Highlights Foundation.



Comments They Called Themselves The KKK

  • Ryan

    Perhaps the most striking aspect of Susan Campbell Bartoletti's They Called Themselves the K.K.K. is the plastic nature of history. The Klan was first formed after the American Civil War, during a period known as the Reconstruction. Essentially, the South was decimated and now the North was struggling to rebuild a united nation, one that would not be based on slavery (it should be noted that the North was hardly as uniformly angelic as they sound). Consequently, many Americans came to view Klan [...]


  • Julia

    Let us be very clear: the KKK was a horrible group who committed terrible attrocities against other human beings. That is exatly the point the author makes in this really important, but definately uncomfortable to read, book. Bartoletti is unflinching in her assesment of the Klan & what they did. She writes, as she states in notes at the end of the book, to memorialize the victims of the Klan violence. As awful as it is to read about the acts of the KKK, I personally think that understanding [...]


  • Felina

    I recommend this book on the basis of it's history. The author does a very good job of remaining unbiased and uses a lot of direct quotes from people living in that time. It's very well put together and easy to follow. It also comes with a timeline in the back that lists all civil rights incidents from the civil war until current time which I thought was really interesting. I cannot and will not recommend the audio version. The narrator is awful. He does voices for the people who are 'quoted' wh [...]


  • Charlene

    Absolutely fascinating but way too short. There was a real opportunity here to delve deeper, to make important connections about the history of the KKK to the practices in our current justice system. This is more like an essay than a book, but its subject matter makes it well worth reading. The KKK was formed to protect the right that Whites had always enjoyed over Blacks. When black people were granted freedom, groups of those in the South, did their level best to keep the power where they thou [...]


  • Lee-Lee

    They Called Themselves the K.K.K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a non-fiction historical book, published in 2013, telling of how an American terrorist group became and went. In my own opinion, I found the book to be really quite informative and it tells everything in a step-by-step way and even has a civil rights timeline telling of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. The timeline is the REAL step-by-step guide as it as it tells by the year. In the timeline, one of them tells that in 1925, the Ku Kl [...]


  • Photina

    I learned a lot while listening to this book. The author does a great job in laying out how the K.K.K. was started and the start of their reign of terror in the south. As you listen to the narrator you can sense the feelings from the individuals who were talking in the book and how the emotions affected them and their families. They picked the perfect person to narrate this book. Through his voice he puts you in the South throughout the book as he tells the story. Campbell doesn't hold anything [...]


  • Maria

    History of how the KKK formed and the violence and terror that they carried out in the first years of Reconstruction. Filled with eye witness accounts, historical documents and photographs this is a well researched history for a high school student.Why I picked it up: Interesting title, wonderful reviews in the library literature and a topic that I wasn't that familiar with.Why I finished it: I had to read this book a chapter at a time. Not because it was hard to read, but because I had to stop [...]


  • Michelle

    When I saw this book in the juvenile section of the library, I was immediately intrigued - both by the title and the idea of how one explains the Klan honestly on a middle-grade level. Susan Campbell Bartoletti did not disappointment.While the most graphic of images from KKK history are wisely omitted, there are quotes and other images that accurately portray the racism and violence of the group. Furthermore, the author meticulously paints a picture of Reconstruction-era South to give context to [...]


  • Donna

    Bartoletti begins her narrative with the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction, and quickly moves to the story of six former Confederate soldiers who hated and feared Union rule and the threat of racial equality. What they began as a sort of fraternity in 1866 quickly morphed into a group that existed to bully freedpeople. In later chapters, the focus shifts to horrible crimes perpetrated by Klansmen, and the experiences of their victims. The final chapter and epilogue tell of [...]


  • Chalida

    I had the pleasure of hearing Susan Campbell Bartoletti speak a couple of years ago. She called doing research "an extreme sport." Bartoletti writes this very succinct and comprehensible book about the history of the KKK where she includes the voices of those victimized and contextualizes America's terrorist group birth after the end of the Civil War. I was shocked by how pervasive this group became so quickly and how the state government did so little to interfere. I also was shocked by the res [...]


  • 528_Tracy

    They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist group is a vivid account of the rise of the KKK at the end of the Civil War. Susan Campbell Bartoletti clearly did her research in this thorough account of the Klan. The book details a fascinating and horrifying time period in American History, from the birth of the Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1866, through the end of the Reconstruction period. Barotletti makes her story come alive by including several primary source documents, [...]


  • Hilary

    I recently learned that the Ku Klux Klan was founded in Tennessee, and since I just moved to Tennessee, I thought it a good idea to learn some history. "They Called themselves the KKK" starts by describing the Civil War and the implications on the social, political, and economical aspects of life in the South. It goes on to talk about the founding and evolution of the group over the last 150 years. This is a hard history to swallow and it is even still harder to swallow, that some of it is not h [...]


  • Christopher

    A frontrunner for the Sibert Medal this year, Susan Campbell Bartoletti has crafted another genius work of youth non-fiction. A companion piece of sorts to her Newbery Honor winning "Hitler Youth" Bartoletti tells the story of the creation of the Ku Klux Klan and how the mood and tensions of the country truly made this group what it is today. Never judgmental in her telling, Bartoletti tells the facts like it is and lets the reader form their own opinions. It is only until the notes does she tru [...]


  • Piyali

    A very well-written comprehensive overview of the creation and transformation of the first terrorist organization in America - the Klu Klux Klan. What started almost as a social club, a fraternity of sorts morphed into a violent group that unleashed atrocities against blacks and later Jews, Catholics, immigrants liberals and others. For someone like me who did not grow up with US history, this was a horrifying aspect of the country's past which should be read so we can make that important promis [...]


  • TomTom101

    I Thought that this book was amazing because I love the way that they talk about the accomplishments of Black People. Also what I love about it is that they don't try to disguise the things white people have done it tells us exactly what they did and sometimes how they do it. I have been waiting to read a book this mesmerizing. I am glad I read this. Thanks Stroh!


  • Josiah

    Susan Campbell Bartoletti is, in my view, probably one of the best two or three writers of nonfiction for young adults actively creating new literature today. The scope of her historical perspective is immediate and compelling, and she doesn't fool around when it comes to getting to the bottom of a serious issue like the history of the Ku Klux Klan. Before starting this book I knew that it was going to be an experience, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti didn't disappoint. The roots of the Klan reach [...]


  • Jaeleen Parisi

    They Called Themselves the K.K.K: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, is a fascinating and eye opening non-fiction text about the horrors of the creation and doings of the K.K.K group. I chose to read this book because I have always been interested in civil right acts and how other people react to these movements. Additionally, I chose to read this book due to its timely nature with the rise of the Black Lives Matter group and Islamphobia. I believe the [...]


  • David

    "Boys, let us get up a club." With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend's mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses & cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee. Soon, the six friends had named their club the Ku Klux Klan & all too quickly, their club would grow into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South. This is the story of how a secret, terrorist group took root in America's democracy. Fi [...]


  • Elizabeth

    This nonfiction history of the KKK is portrays a time in American history, that is not often talked about. In the reconstruction south, a group of six southern white men commiserate about how the freed men and the Union Republican party are ruining the South. For fun, they form a secret society called the Ku Klux Klan and begin playing practical jokes on their neighbors. Through the personal stories of the victims, both black and white, Susan Campbell Bartoletti proceeds to tell the reader how t [...]


  • LeAnne

    Although an epilogue mentions the resurgence of the KKK in the 1920s and again in the 1960s, the body of the book focuses on the Klans rise during Reconstruction following the American Civil War. The main source of information seems to be the Klan trials in the 1870s in which federal prosecutors took statements from former slaves and Klansmen about events. This is gritty, in-their-own-words stuff that tries to represent what people of both sides said about their own actions and motives. I listen [...]


  • Cole

    I picked They Called Themselves the K.K.K. as one of my summer reading books this year because I find that I have always enjoyed non-fiction/U.S. History novels. I had a basic knowledge of the K.K.K. through my history classes before I read this novel, but I was eager to learn more. My favorite part of the book was not just a specific portion of the novel, but more of how the author started the book with the beginning of slavery in America and the need for cheap labor in the south, up until the [...]


  • Gabrielle Lindsly

    While I am not a huge fan of informational or non-fiction books, They Called Themselves the KKK was not too bad. I did like story, and it was fascinating to learn more about some of the details that had to do with the formation of the KKK and its influence in those years right after the American Civil War. I feel like many teachers do not want to talk about the KKK, so I had never really learned much about them, and it was interesting to learn more. While I in no way agree with anything the KKK [...]


  • Crista

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Bartoletti excellently blends facts, documents, and emotional stories in this true account of life for African Americans after the Civil War. What I enjoyed most was that this book was more about the struggle and plight of African Americans then the rise of the KKK. I loved the human interest stories, even those with gruesome details, because I feel they bring a personal side to this story. This is such an emotional and encompassing time period that a lot [...]


  • Alexys

    When first starting reading "They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group" I was a mix between intrigued about knwoing more about the mysterious group as well as a little hesitant on the genre of informational. I have previously not enjoyed reading informational books because they are so heavy with information and harder to read. I was pushed through this thought by the interest I have for the Ku Klux Klan. I love how the book progressed with the flow of time. The [...]


  • Jan

    I was immediately impressed by this book when I saw the title: They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: the birth of an American terrorist group. Just the sub-title provides a context that is not often explored (certainly not in public schools)--the fact that the K.K. K. WAS a terrorist group. It is important for teens to be able to associate that word with ALL terrorist organizations, not just the ones currently dominating the headlines.Bartoletti does a wonderful job of combining extensive historica [...]


  • Paige Y.

    I read this because it was part of School Library Journal's Battle of the Books. It covers the K.K.K. from its birth around the end of the Civil War until the end of Reconstruction, when (at least outwardly) Klan activities diminished, only to return in the early 20th century.Bartoletti does an excellent job of showing the horrors of the early Klan and explaining how both the whites and the blacks felt intimidated by each other. Complete social change is difficult, and Reconstruction's effort to [...]


  • Dannielle

    Dannielle Nebinski (They call themselves the KKK)Genre: InformationalThis is the story of how 6 young men started a small club in Pulaski, Tennessee, that grew into a self-proclaimed empire that spread quickly and wide across the South. With the words "Boys, let us get up a club" these six young men went into the linen closet, and covered their heads with white sheets, and rode their horses through Pulaski, Tennessee. Soon after that they named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and started initiating [...]


  • Elle Harris

    This story shines a light on life in the civil war era and puts an emphasis on the beginning of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Bartoletti describes the atmosphere in the South during the time of the Civil War as the KKK developed. The author also suggests that some believe the KKK was originally created as a social group, but took a turn somewhere down the line to become a hate group whose actions are now considered unacceptable. Each chapter in this book tells a personal story of a Klansman or an Afri [...]


  • Austin Bachtel

    The book I read was They Called Themselves the K.K.K by Susan Cambell Bartoletti. This book is about the Ku Klux Klan back in the 1800’s and what they did after the Civil War. The K.K.K. was a group of white men that fought in the Civil War on the side of the South. The K.K.K. was established to control and segregate the African Americans even after they were free from slavery. I thought this book was very good because I am interested in American history. I also liked how the author gave a lot [...]


  • Kathy

    With lively text and plentiful illustrations, Bartoletti brings this history to life, using personal stories, testimonies from the Ku Klux Klan trials of the 1870s, a report compiled in Tennessee in the late 1860s, and the Depression-era Slave Narratives on file at the Library of Congress, as well as letters, diaries, and newspapers. Illustrations from magazines of the times (identified in captions) appear on nearly every spread and many chapters begin with a quotation and photograph from a form [...]


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