Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America - Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

John M. Barry
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Chapter 11 Summary

Although LeRoy Percy has been the dominant political force in Washington County for many years, times are changing. Many men think it is time for Percy to surrender his authority and influence, and they decide that a sure road to success can be found in embracing the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1921, a Klan klavern is organized in Washington County. Its leaders stand in direct conflict with the society that Percy has helped to create and desires to maintain. Percy, his wife a Catholic, squares off against various Klan representatives in public speeches and appearances and by writing letters to prominent citizens and newspapers.

Although the Klan does not gain an immediate foothold in Greenville, its influence is strong in towns and counties close by and throughout the entire nation. Although Percy resists, the Klan gains in strength and influence. However, it never gains...

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