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The Next Book:  The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire
Release Date Confirmed!
Mercer University Press has set March 1, 2016 as the release date for The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire.  The book cover is displayed to the left

Here is the description of the book from the Mercer University Press Spring 2016 Catalogue:  

Fifty years after the end of the Civil War, William Joseph Simmons, a failed Methodist minister, formed a fraternal order that he called The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.  Organized primarily a money-making scheme, it shared little but its name with the Ku Klux Klan of the Reconstruction Era.  With its avowed creed of One Hundred Percent Americanism, support of Protestant Christian values, white supremacy, and the rejection of all things foreign, this new Klan became, for a brief period of time in the mid-1920s, one of America’s most powerful social and political organizations.  Shamelessly adopting the symbols of the hooded robe and burning cross from the movie, The Birth of the Nation, and exploiting the sense that America was headed in the wrong direction, the order spread rapidly to every state in the nation. While often using intimidation and violence against its foes, the Klan was responsible for the election of supportive politicians at all levels of government. Following a disastrous attempt to influence the presidential election of 1924, and with increasing public awareness of the Klan’s corrupt and violent nature, the order faltered, becoming a mere wisp of its former self by 1930. This original and meticulously researched history of America's second Ku Klux Klan presents many new and fascinating insights into this unique and important episode in American History.

And The Book After That:  What I Am Writing Now....

With The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire completed, I am working on my eighth book, the one to follow.  The tentative title is The Strange Fate of the Confederate Constitution, and Other Stories from Georgia's Historical Past.  It's  long title I know, but it is descriptive of the book's content.  For some years I have written shorter magazine pieces on a wide variety of topics, many of involving Georgia's history.  It was suggested that a collection of my works might be of interest, and after some thought I agreed that it would be.   I find history fascinating, and there are many events, topics, happenings, etc.  that are important and often little-known, but don't warrent an entire book.  So, dividing them into historical periods, and writing a few new short pieces to fill in the gaps, I hope to complete this manuscript by mid-2016.  It should appeal to those interested in Southern and/or Georgia history, and is designed to be a good resource as supplemental reading in university and high school AP history courses.  

A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff

A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff is a saga of two inextricably intertwined tales, the infamous Rawlings-Tarbutton murder case of 1925, and the crash of the cotton economy in Georgia (and the South) of the same era.  Sound like a strange combination?  It's not.  From about 1795 until the 1920s, the entire life of many of the southern states was based on the production of cotton.  Men became rich.  And when it all fell apart, lives were forever changed.  It was a fascinating and little known era.   But don't take my word for it, read the book.  

I think if you ask any author about his or her book, they'll tell you it's great.  But, hey, they wrote it!  So, read someone else's thoughts.  Cllick Here for a review from Goodreads.  If you would like to see more, check out the reviews on amazon.com.

For those of you still not certain as to whether or not to get the book, here is a copy of the first chapter to whet your appetite.  To read it, click HERE.
New Magazine Article Posted 
The Winter 2015 issue of Georgia Backroads magazine carries my article  titled "Reign of Terror--the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s in Macon, Georgia."   This intriguing  tale is a bit of a spin-off from my new book, The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire.  While I go into some limited detail of the Macon Klan in the book, I felt the whole story was so compelling that it should be told in full in a much expanded version.  Hence this article.  Click HERE to read it.

Hear a Podcast Interview on A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff

On October 16, 2015, I was honored to have the opportunity to do a internet radio interview with Doug Dahlgren.  His show, on which he interviews authors and other interesting folk, is titled The Prologue.  The interview, which I hope you will find interesting, lasts about an hour.   Not only do we discuss A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff, we also discuss my forthcoming book, The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire.   To listen, click HERE.

Event Schedule
Upcoming events for the next few months are
listed below.  If you or your book or social club
are looking for a speaker, please contact me.

2/11/16 12:00 Noon
Speaking Engagement
Sandersville Rotary Club
Sandersville, Georgia

2/16/2016 2:00 PM
Speaking Engagement
"The Second Coming of the
  Invisible Empire"
Reinhardt University
Waleska, Georgia

3/25/2016 12:30-1:30 PM
Speaking Engagement
Spartanburg County Historical Assn.
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina

5/5/16 7:00 PM
Speaking Engagement
Lincoln County Historical Society
Lincolnton, Georgia

5/28/16 Time TBA
Book Presentation
Radford Reads Literary Festival
Radford, Virginia

6/?/2015 Details TBA
Speaking Engagement
Highlands CC Book Club
Highlands, North Carolina

6/30/16 2:00-4:00 PM
Speaking Engagement
"Mysteries and Mummies"
Center for Life Enrichment
Highlands, North Carolina 
(Details TBA)

9/1/16 2:00-4:00 PM
Speaking Engagement
"The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire"
Center for Life Enrichment
Highlands, North Carolina
(Details TBA)

News and Notes

There is always something happening.  Here are the latest odds and ends that may be of interest to you:

Forthcoming Magazine Article on the ORIGINAL Stone Mountain Carving:  With so much controversy of late regarding the Confederate Flag, Confederate Memorials, and the Ku Klux Klan, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the ORIGINAL carving that was planned for the sheer north face of Georgia's Stone Mountain.  Planned in 1915 at the height of the Lost Cause Era, the carving was to be designed and executed by Gutzon Borglum, at the time America's foremost sculptor.  It was to be massive, 2,000 feet in length, and in excess of a hundred feet in height.  Instead of the piddling three figures displayed in the current carving, there were to be between 700 and 1,000, a massive army marching across the granite landscape.  After nearly a decade of planning and delays, Borglum had sculpted only the head of General Robert E. Lee.   Borglum was then fired by the Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association and the contract given to Augustus Lukeman, who did little better in terms of progress before the project was halted in 1928.  The current monmument was completed under the sponsorship of the state in the 1960s.  Borglum, after his firing, went on to carve the Mount Rushmore National Monument in South Dakota.  The tale of what happened involves the Daughters of the Confederacy, the Ku Klux Klan, the US Mint, and many prominent Georgia Citizens of the Day.  The piece will be published in Georgia Backroads in the Summer 2016 issue.