Johnny, who is a returning veteran unable to adjust to his old life in his home town, succumbs to the pitch of a Ku Klux Klan organizer. It is only after he has worn the Klan sheet, and ...
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Johnny, who is a returning veteran unable to adjust to his old life in his home town, succumbs to the pitch of a Ku Klux Klan organizer. It is only after he has worn the Klan sheet, and gone out on some raids, that he begins to realize what he has let himself in for; he is filled with horror and remorse when he sees the homes of neighbors burned, an old friend who defies the Klan killed, and his own wheel-chair father badly beaten. He meets with the State prosecutor, admits his own participation, and agrees to help bring down the Klan in his town.Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Movie about KKK seen in segregated Alabama theater
This movie was memorable for me for several reasons. I was 8 years old when I saw it, certainly had never before heard of the Klu Klux Klan, and lived in a part of the country with almost no Black population. (In third grade, we tried to convince a new boy from Hawaii, with straight black hair, that he was a Negro, because he had dark skin and we truly didn't know what Negroes looked like.) Beyond the story, which made a vivid impression, I saw this while visiting a cousin in Alabama, in a segregated theater where "Negroes" had a separate entrance and had to sit in the balcony where no whites were allowed. This background made the story very real for me and was as influential in my thinking as "To Kill a Mockingbird" was for a later generation.
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