Dear Great Book Guru, We are looking at another busy weekend here in Sea Cliff with the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary celebration at the Children’s Library on Friday, November 17 from 5 to 7pm and then the Sea Cliff Civic Association’s annual Turkey Hunt ( 400 toy turkeys waiting to be found) with the promise of a visit from the Great Turkey Himself on Sunday, November 19 from 2 to 3pm at Geohegan Park- ominously aka Headless Park. After the weekend I am looking to do some serious reading. Any thoughts?
Dear Fall Reader, Last month at the Brooklyn Historical Society, I heard Linda Gordon speak about her latest book: THE SECOND COMING OF THE KKK. In the 1920’s the United States saw a revival of the Klu Klux Klan, focused largely east of the Mason Dixon line. The original KKK of the 1870’s had intimidated African Americans living in the South, successfully curtailing their voting rights and economic prosperity through stealth violence. The new Klan broadened its range to include Catholics, Jews, immigrants, and Northern “elites.” Unlike the early Klan who attacked secretly during the night, the new Klansmen ran huge public rallies, recruited members openly, charged dues, and owned over 200 newspapers and even a motion picture company. Public officials including many Congressmen, a Supreme Court Justice, and a President were members. The new Klan’s attraction seemed to lie in its ability to offer an “us against them” level of comfort to a large part of the population. Prejudices were already in place, and the Klan was ready and eager to exploit them. A startling read and highly recommended!