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Klansville U.S.A. 

Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.

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Narrator (voice)
David Cunningham ...
Himself, author of 'Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan'
Rob Christensen ...
Himself, journalist
Michael Frierson ...
Himself
Estelle Sanders ...
Herself, mayor of Roper, North Carolina (as Bunny Sanders)
Patsy Sims ...
Herself, author of 'The Klan'
Gary Freeze ...
Himself, historian
Ned Cline ...
Himself, journalist
Mark Potok ...
Himself, editor-in-chief, Intelligence Report
George Wallace ...
Himself (archive footage)
Robert Jones ...
Himself, leader of the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan (archive footage) (as Bob Jones)
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Himself (archive footage)
David S. Cecelski ...
Himself, historian
Sybil Jones ...
Herself (voice) (archive footage)
George Dorsett ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.

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13 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Very good but not among the best of the "American Experience" documentaries about race.
17 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Klansville, USA" is a show about the rise of the KKK in North Carolina in the 1960s thanks to the work of a guy named Bob Jones (no apparent affiliation with the university in South Carolina). What life was like in this relatively 'moderate' southern state is discussed as well as what it is like there today.

Over the years, the PBS series "The American Experience" made a bunch of great films--particularly ones they made about the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. So, I wasn't at all surprised to see this new one about the rise of the KKK in North Carolina in the 1960s. However, I would not place this among the best of these shows--and this might just be because I've seen so many of the shows. In other words, for a person who isn't a rabid fan of the series might have a very different reaction and might enjoy it more than me. It is well made, I'll give it that.


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