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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
We need to know more about why people become racists and what their motivations are for joining racial supremacist groups. Scholarly works dealing with the Ku Klux Klan's meteroic [meteoric] 1920s rise usually emphasize how rapid post-World War urbanization, agricultural depression, and fears of immigrants and cultural changes unsettled traditional-minded citizens in small-town and rural American landscapes and made the Klan attractive. By choosing to concentrate specifically upon women in the Klan, and "the complex ways in which race, religion and gender interact," Kathleen Blee, a sociology professor at the University of Kentucky, has opened up new dimensions here.
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