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TO THE READER
“THE CLANSMAN" is the second book of a series of historical novels planned on the Race Conflict. “The Leopard's Spots” was the statement in historical outline of the conditions from the enfranchisement of the Negro to his disfranchisement.
"The Clansman” develops the true story of the “Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy," which overturned the Reconstruction régime.
The organisation was governed by the Grand Wizard Commander-in-Chief, who lived at Memphis, Tennessee. The Grand Dragon commanded a State, the Grand Titan a Congressional District, the Grand Giant a County, and the Grand Cyclops a Township Den. The twelve volumes of Government reports on the famous Klan refer chiefly to events which occurred after 1870, the date of its dissolution.
The chaos of blind passion that followed Lincoln's assassination is inconceivable to-day. The Revolution it produced in our Government, and the bold attempt of Thaddeus Stevens to Africanise ten great states of the American Union, read now like tales from “The Arabian Nights."
I have sought to preserve in this romance both the letter and the spirit of this remarkable period. The men who enact the drama of fierce revenge into which