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The Resource Freedom's detective : the Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the man who masterminded America's first war on terror, Charles Lane

Freedom's detective : the Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the man who masterminded America's first war on terror, Charles Lane

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Freedom's detective : the Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the man who masterminded America's first war on terror
Title
Freedom's detective
Title remainder
the Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the man who masterminded America's first war on terror
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Charles Lane
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Language
eng
Summary
Chronicles the story of the Reconstruction-era Secret Service and its battle against the KKK's effort to suppress the emancipated African-American vote, sharing particular insights into the career of controversial Secret Service chief, Hiram C. Whitley. In the years following the Civil War, a new battle began. Newly freed African American men had gained their voting rights and would soon have a chance to transform Southern politics. Former Confederates and other white supremacists mobilized to stop them. Thus, the KKK was born. After the first political assassination carried out by the Klan, Washington power brokers looked for help in breaking the growing movement. They found it in Hiram C. Whitley. He became head of the Secret Service, which had previously focused on catching counterfeiters and was at the time the government's only intelligence organization. Whitley and his agents led the covert war against the nascent KKK and were the first to use undercover work in mass crime--what we now call terrorism--investigations. Like many spymasters before and since, Whitley also had a dark side. His penchant for skulduggery and dirty tricks ultimately led to his involvement in a conspiracy that would bring an end to his career and transform the Secret Service. Populated by intriguing historical characters--from President Grant to brave Southerners, both black and white, who stood up to the Klan--and told in a brisk narrative style, Freedom's Detective reveals the story of this complex hero and his central role in a long-lost chapter of American history
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
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1961-
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Lane, Charles
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV7911.W45
LC item number
L36 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Whitley, Hiram C
  • United States
  • United States
  • Ku Klux Klan (19th century)
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Label
Freedom's detective : the Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the man who masterminded America's first war on terror, Charles Lane
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1091189008
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9781335006851
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1091189008
Label
Freedom's detective : the Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the man who masterminded America's first war on terror, Charles Lane
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1091189008
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9781335006851
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1091189008

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