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The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire Is Now Available!
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.

The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire is available on
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers in Hardcover, Kindle and Nook Format.  (Click on the name to go to the page.)  You will find reader reviews on Amazon.com.

Hear a Podcast Interview on

The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire

Once again, I was honored to be the radio guest of Doug Dahlgren on his weekly interview show, The Prologue.  The interview lasts just under an hour, and we discuss my latest book on the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s era.  If you want to know more about what's in the book,  click HERE.

The Next Book is on the Way...
Every serious author realizes that you're only as good as your last book, so writing almost becomes a full time job.  I'm pleased to say that as of the end of April 2016 I have finished the first draft of my next book, the one to follow The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire.  Every book one writes is different; this new one is no exception. Rather than a single theme, it is a collection of shorter pieces on Georiga and Southern history, some of which are new, and some of which have appeared previously in Georgia Backroads magazine.  The working title is The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution and Other Stories from Georgia's Historical Past.  There are selections from the state's earliest days up through the 1930s.  Mercer Press will again be the publisher.  The scheduled release date is September 1, 2017.

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.
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.

5/28/16 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Book Presentation
Radford Reads Literary Festival
Radford, Virginia

6/16/16 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Book Signing
Timrod Library of Summerville
217 Central Avenue
Summerville, South Carolina

6/28/2015 6:30 PM
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 

7/6/16 11:30 AM
Speaking Engagement
Pioneer Historical Society
Fairway Restaurant 
Little Ocmulgee State Park
McRae Helena, Georgia

7/19/16 10:30 AM
Speaking Engagement
Literary Guild of St. Simons 
Casino Building, Rm. 108
   in the Village
St. Simons Island, Georgia

7/25/16 7:00 PM
Speaking Engagement
Washington County Historical Society
EMC Civic Room
North Harris Street
Sandersville, Georgia

8/18/16 10:00 AM
Speaking Engagement
The PEO Group
Augusta, Georgia

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

3/2/17 7:00 PM
Speaking Engagement
Lincoln County Historical Society
Lincolnton, Georgia

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.