Notre Dame vs. The Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan

Notre Dame vs. The Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan

Notre Dame vs The Klan How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan Todd tells of the weekend in May when members of the anti Catholic organization and students at the Catholic university fought in South Bend Indiana To that conflict he traces the decline of the

  • Title: Notre Dame vs. The Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan
  • Author: Todd Tucker
  • ISBN: 9780829417715
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Todd tells of the weekend in May 1924 when members of the anti Catholic organization and students at the Catholic university fought in South Bend, Indiana To that conflict he traces the decline of the Klan in Indiana and the acceptance of the university and Catholics generally in the US Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc Portland, OR booknews

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    An excellent narrative history written about the period when the Ku Klux Klan pinnacled to its high point in U.S. history. This was in the early 1920’s with a crusade against illegal immigration of Irish, Poles, and Italians combined with a vitriolic hatred of Catholicism. Sound familiar? Just substitute Hispanics, Syrians and Islam for today’s hatred’s. The University of Notre Dame is located in South Bend IN which was rife with Klansmen The book details how the priests at Notre Dame with [...]

    THIS was very interesting and something I never knew had happened. Also, very scary how many Indiana politicians were Klan members during the post war era. I highly recommend this.

    I found this book at my local thrift store. At first, looking at the cover, I thought it was a fiction book. When I read the back and found out that this was in fact a non-fiction book, I put it in my cart. I had no idea that the Klan held so much political power in Indiana back in the day. I was also ignorant on how that effected citizens. There is so much more I would like to say about this book, but, I do not want to give anything away. I would recommend this book to my friends who like Histo [...]

    Okay - so I am a Domer. (Or a Notre Damer, in the odd language of the book.) That probably makes me more interested in this book than the next person. That said, it was an interesting of story (of a Klan rally/riot in South Bend) that I had never heard before.The concise re-telling of the University's history was informative. More interesting -- in 1920, 400,000 white male Protestants in Indiana were Klan members. That was 3 out of 4 of them and included the Governor. I didn't know this either. [...]

    this is very scary in this age of Trump as this book has me convinced he is following D.C.Stephenson's playbook (minus the psychopath part). Trump's manipulation of the fearful to achieve cynical goals parallels Stephenson's use of the Klan

    Though I would rarely be interested in a historical non-fiction book, this was fascinating. It choronicals the birth of the University of Notre Dame with in-depth introspective characterizations of the men who made Notre Dame what it is today. Right alongside this, we learn of the birth of the Klu Klux Klan and the individuals who not only popularized the organization in the 1920's but who also led it to its inevitable death. Again, this was an absolutely fascinating read. Even if is not your ge [...]

    As an ND alum, I was naturally interested in the story of my alma mater taking on the Klan. Who doesn't like the idea of their school fighting against evil? While the story was built around the fighting between Notre Dame students and Klan members one one weekend in South Bend, it also provided a fascinating look at the origins of the school as well as the KKK's rise to power in Indiana. I had no idea just how entrenched the Klan had become in my home state. Crazy! I'd definitely recommend this [...]

    A wonderful book, chronicling the conflict between the KKK and University of Notre Dame, in reality a microcosm of the conflict between Protestants and Catholics that has endured for centuries. A feature of this book is the author's stories within the story. While I have considered this style of writing in a book I'm writing, my intrusions on the narrative are of events within the context of the main story, not of 60 years in the future. I enjoyed those asides but wonder if they are needed. I st [...]

    Very interesting book about the rise of Notre Dame and the rise and fall, thankfully, of the Klan. I have a far greater appreciation of the term "Fighting Irish" now. Book is well-written and engaging. The awful and irrational hatred towards a group merely due to religion, in the book's case, Catholicism, is profoundly disturbing. Unfortunately, society does not seem to be able to learn to dispel such hate and is destined to repeat the sins of the past.

    As a Catholic, I really enjoyed this book. It was fascinating, especially in today's world with some having anti-Muslem views, to read and understand that Catholics were also treated in a similar fashion in this country.Also, the book does an EXCELLENT job of teaching the history of Notre Dame. This is an excellent book and a quick read. I could not put this one down.If you are a fan of Notre Dame, or a Catholic, I would highly suggest your read this book.

    It's interesting how you can live in a place but never know some of it's history. Having lived at Notre Dame I had a vested interest and familiarity.What I found most interesting was how the Klan was able to grow so successfully in Indiana. It was a little disturbing to read some of their arguments and recognize that some of the exact rhetoric is being used today.

    It's interesting to think that in 1920, 3 out of 4 white, Protestant males in the state of Indiana were Klan members -- including the Governor. This translated to approximately 400,000 members. Ninety years later, Indiana's electoral votes help swing the election for Obama.

    So what if we can't score a touchdown? We beat the Klan! This book proves that Knute Rockne was a champion in more ways than one.

    Unbelievable read! Who would have thunk it!!! I live right next door to Indiana and never knew this had happened.

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