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The Traitor

Thomas Dixon

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Dixon lived through Reconstruction, and believed it ranked with the French Revolution in brutality and criminal acts. The Traitor (1907), the final book in his trilogy which also includes The Leopard’s Spots (1902), and The Clansman (1905), spans a two-year period just after Reconstruction (1870-1872), and covers the decline of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina. Dixon, whose father was an early Klan leader, maintained that the original Klan, the “reconstruction Klan” was morally formed in desperation to protect the people from lawlessness, address Yankee brutality, and save southern civilization. Now, in this final installment, he portrays how and why the later Klan falls into disrepute. The story includes folk legends, haunted houses, secret passageways, and spectral apparitions as part of its complicated story, weaving fact, fiction and romance in typical Dixon style.

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Community Reviews

Ugly period in US history...corruption greed and vengeance rules the day...this historical fiction shines a light on some injustices and superficial opinions about the times back then.

This is the best of the Reconstruction trilogy in my opinion. It’s basically about a falling out in the Klan. In real life history the Klan was disbanded by the original Grand Wizard because it became too violent and uncontrollable, however they didn’t listen. This story takes place then basically.

I like historical fiction, but this book was more Harlequin romance than historical fiction. Secret Service agent Ackerman, who had been brought to Independence, NC by Stella Butler to entrap John Graham for the murder of her father, is in love with Susie Wilson, John Graham's landlady's daughter, b