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Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction by Elaine Frantz Parsons (review)

Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction by Elaine Frantz Parsons (review) to achieve literacy and find a political voice in the newly created state of West Virginia. Their long-forgotten letters, articles, and poems published in yearbooks, the Storer Record, and one graduate's local newspaper, the Pioneer Press, support the growing recognition that to speak of an African American literature necessarily requires embracing a broader sense of form and genre" (123). Of particular interest is former student John Robert Clifford's decision to challenge the conservative politics of Storer College through his own newspaper, the Pioneer Press, "reject[ing] Storer's inculcation of the value of menial labor, slavish manners, and sense of obligation to white people" (155). In taking up the "long-standing gendered rhetoric of political rights, Clifford and many of his contributors, much like Tourgée, refashioned citizenship bids into a contest of manly valor" (160). This example not only highlights the role the periodical press played for African Americans in arguing for their rights as citizens, it is emblematic of the way that Kennedy-Nolle's book carefully unpacks the mutually constitutive and interrelated competing historical narratives that cut across the period, all explained in clear, transparent detail. As a whole, Writing Reconstruction is an exemplary work of scholarship, one that is valuable http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction by Elaine Frantz Parsons (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 7 (1) – Jan 26, 2017

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to achieve literacy and find a political voice in the newly created state of West Virginia. Their long-forgotten letters, articles, and poems published in yearbooks, the Storer Record, and one graduate's local newspaper, the Pioneer Press, support the growing recognition that to speak of an African American literature necessarily requires embracing a broader sense of form and genre" (123). Of particular interest is former student John Robert Clifford's decision to challenge the conservative politics of Storer College through his own newspaper, the Pioneer Press, "reject[ing] Storer's inculcation of the value of menial labor, slavish manners, and sense of obligation to white people" (155). In taking up the "long-standing gendered rhetoric of political rights, Clifford and many of his contributors, much like Tourgée, refashioned citizenship bids into a contest of manly valor" (160). This example not only highlights the role the periodical press played for African Americans in arguing for their rights as citizens, it is emblematic of the way that Kennedy-Nolle's book carefully unpacks the mutually constitutive and interrelated competing historical narratives that cut across the period, all explained in clear, transparent detail. As a whole, Writing Reconstruction is an exemplary work of scholarship, one that is valuable

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 26, 2017

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