“The Ku Klux Klan were actually Democrats” isn’t exactly the “gotcha” argument some think it is. BUT—it’s a good indicator of an inability, or refusal, to understand a crucial principle in studying history—change over time
an undergrad in my Af-Am History told me that she wanted to learn ab the history of how political parties changed since the 19th C. was one of coolest moments I had teaching here at Auburn. Too bad folks who utter nonsense like that aren’t nearly as curious as many of my students
But, as I wrote in a ridiculously long FB post last night (😅🤣😂), some of the folks who utter the KKK were Democrats to own the libs don’t care about the historical craft to actually understand the past and the present, they just want to win “debates” with losing arguments
And folks interested in learning more about Black women's politics and the history of party realignment before the 1930s should check out Lisa Materson's For the Freedom of Her Race. Awesome book.

uncpress.org/book/978146960…
Kate Masur's Until Justice Be Done is another good book for those interested in Black politics between the Revolution and Reconstruction.

wwnorton.com/books/97813240…
Many scholars who focus on histories of the KKK/white supremacy have posted threads w/readings, so I don't want to step on their toes. And while it's vital to learn that history, it's also important to learn how Black folks, and their white allies responded to racist conditions.

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Hi new followers! I am an 20th C. Af-Am historian. But, folks interested in learning more about Black women's politics and the history of party realignment before the 1930s should check out Lisa Materson's For the Freedom of Her Race. Awesome book.

uncpress.org/book/978146960…
And Kate Masur's Until Justice Be Done is another good book for those interested in Black politics between the Revolution and Reconstruction.

wwnorton.com/books/97813240…
Many scholars who focus on histories of the KKK/white supremacy have posted threads w/readings, so I don't want to step on their toes. And while it's vital to learn that history, it's also important to learn how Black folks & white allies responded to racist conditions...
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