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Virus of Fear: Demise of the Carolinas Ku Klux Klan W. Horace Carter

Virus of Fear: Demise of the Carolinas Ku Klux Klan

W. Horace Carter

Published 1991
ISBN : 9780937866337
Hardcover
240 pages
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Fighting for survival and sometimes the life of its young editor and his family, the tiny weekly newspaper- The Tabor City Tribune -played a leading role in crushing the violent, night riding Ku Klux Klan that harasses the coastal Carolinas. ScoresMoreFighting for survival and sometimes the life of its young editor and his family, the tiny weekly newspaper- The Tabor City Tribune -played a leading role in crushing the violent, night riding Ku Klux Klan that harasses the coastal Carolinas. Scores of men and women were unmercifully flogged in the wee hours of the morning, stripped, branded and left miles away from home and commanded to live lifestyles prescribed by the Klan leadership or else face even more severe punishment. The lawlessness of the Klan led to at least one killing, and fear gripped many communities for more than three years as citizenry was never sure that a midnight knock on the door was not another masked vigilante come to inflict his kind of justice on the defenseless. Defying a myriad of death threat, newspaper boycotts and even the sincere advice of many of his very best friends, W. Horace Carter lambasted the Klan resurrection week after week with front page editorials that eventually led to indictments of nearly 300 Klansmen. Sixty-two were convicted including the Grand Dragon who was sentenced to four years in prison. I t marked the first time KKK members in the U.S. were charged and convicted of night-flogging assaults. The newspaper campaign led to a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for the financially strapped little newspaper and the thirty-two year old country editor was named One of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Men in America by U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.